Courtney Foley

Winemaker, Chalk Hill

Courtney Foley, the youngest daughter of Proprietor Bill and Carol Foley, was born in Phoenix, Arizona into a wine-loving family. At a young age her family moved to Santa Barbara, California where she grew up spending the majority of her time outdoors surfing at the beach and hiking in the mountains.

Courtney also spent much of her time at her father's estates. Her uncle was the vineyard farmer and her grandparents lived on the Foley Estates property, giving her a great sense of connection to the vineyards and winery. Courtney loved the Foley Estates property and her family's commitment to crafting great wines.

When it was time to decide on a college, she chose Whitman in Walla Walla, Washington, an up-and-coming wine region. There, she majored in history and geology and then set off to law school at the University of Oregon. Upon completion of her courses, however, her passion for wine and food made her decide to pursue work in the wine industry rather than practice law. She began selling wine for Foley Family Wines beginning in the chains and grocery stores and working her way up to restaurants. Alas, Courtney realized what she truly wanted to do "I love being out in nature and walking the vineyards and felt winemaking would be a great career choice for me," says Foley. Courtney then began studying at Fresno State and received a degree in Enology. She worked under winemaker Leslie Renaud at Lincourt and Foley Estates and soon made her way to Sonoma County where she again found herself working alongside Renaud at Roth Estate in Healdsburg. When Foley Sonoma opened Courtney became head winemaker working with then assistant, Rosalio "Chalo" Fernandez before promoting Chalo and moving to Chalk Hill Estate.

For the opportunity to head up winemaking at Chalk Hill, Foley is excited. "This is such a beautiful property with stunning architecture and a modern facility that still blends into the natural surrounding elements," she says. Courtney enjoys the early mornings at Chalk Hill where it is peaceful and the fog floats in the vineyards.

When she is not making wine, Courtney enjoys cooking, dancing, camping, kayaking and backpacking. In addition, she loves hiking with her two dogs, Fritz and Penney, listening to classic rock, and rooting for her University of Oregon Ducks. She loves travelling to Oregon and New Zealand and hopes to one day travel the country in an RV.

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