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Winemaker Nick Goldschmidt joins Atlas Peak


Ascentia Wine Estates has hired Nick Goldschmidt as consulting winemaker for Atlas Peak.

"Goldschmidt brings an unparalleled level of esteem and winemaking experience. He is a mountain man, spending his career working with fruit from high elevation vineyards in Argentina, New Zealand and Spain,” says Jim DeBonis, Ascentia Wine Estates CEO.
“Nick brings a unique winemaking experience, specializing in Cabernet Sauvignon with consistent endorsement of quality. His prior experience on some of our other brands and his key relationships with our trade partners make him an incredible asset to our team.”
Nick Goldschmidt is one of the pioneering forces behind the Atlas Peak Mountain Cabernet Series. He believes that Napa Cabernet is a place of extremes, and that the four mountain appellations surrounding the Napa Valley are the pinnacle.  Goldschmidt says: “I began this project in 2003 and I look forward to continuing to create wines of distinction for Atlas Peak.  East vs. west and north vs. south means that these wines are uniquely different and can be measured under one label. With winemaking constant, only the extreme terroir of these rugged mountain vineyards will be revealed in the finished wine.”
Born and educated in New Zealand, Goldschmidt’s career began in 1982 as a researcher at the New Zealand Lincoln University where he graduated with Distinction in Horticulture. Goldschmidt went on to specialize in viticulture studies at Wagga Wagga, and oenology with the highly acclaimed Roseworthy program, at Adelaide University in South Australia. As a student, he worked at noted wineries such as Kumeu River, Coopers Creek and Babich. He went on to make wines in California, Australia and South America, including Calitera in Chile.
In 1990, Goldschmidt returned to California and joined Simi Winery as their Associate Winemaker, was promoted to Chief Winemaker in 1991 and became VP and chief winemaker in 1996. Goldschmidt spent a total of 13 years at Simi. He was one of the driving forces that brought the Simi Reserve Cabernet program to notoriety.
In May 2003, Goldschmidt accepted the position of executive VP and winemaker at Allied Domecq Wines USA, and subsequently held the same position with Beam Wine Estates, before it was acquired by Constellation in 2007.

In 1998, Goldschmidt began making his own wine – Goldschmidt Vineyards & Forefathers with small productions of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Since then, he has developed a stellar international client list; he is the winemaker for several renowned premium brands, including Boulder Bank, Chelsea Goldschmidt, Pampano, GiaDomella, Errazuriz, Sena and others.

Nick Goldschmidt lives in Healdsburg with his wife, Yolyn and their five children. When he is not busy traveling the wine world, he enjoys skiing and rugby league.


About Ascentia Wine Estates, LLCFounded in 2008, Ascentia Wine Estates is an ultra-premium wine company that includes California’s, Washington’s and Idaho’s first wineries.  The portfolio contains quality wines sourced from some of the world’s most prestigious appellations, such as Napa Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley, Carneros, Washington’s Columbia Valley and Idaho’s Snake River Valley.  The Company has 250 employees and is headquartered at 349 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA.  For more information, please visit:
Ascentia Wine Estates, LLC
Atlas Peak - Buena Vista Carneros - Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery – Geyser Peak Winery - XYZin - Columbia Winery - Covey Run - Ste. Chapelle
About W.J. Deutsch: W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd. was founded in 1981 by Chairman Bill Deutsch to market quality wines produced by prestigious families from major wine regions of the world.  Deutsch’s wines and spirits are sold to the trade with well-planned marketing support and offered to U.S. consumers at fair market prices. Today the company is renowned for its brand building prowess and ability to meet the needs of the modern consumer. Bill’s son Peter Deutsch is CEO; thus two generations of the Deutsch family work side by side in their continuous quest to build strong brands and relationships throughout the wine and spirit industry.  
The W.J. Deutsch & Sons portfolio includes award-winning wines from Australia: [yellow tail], [yellow tail] The Reserve, [yellow tail] Sparkling; California: Atlas Peak, Buena Vista Carneros, Esser Vineyards, Gary Farrell Vineyards and Winery, Geyser Peak, XYZin, Kunde Estate; France: Andre Lurton, Georges Duboeuf, Hob Nob Vineyards, Pierre Sparr, Sauvion et Fils, Vidal Fleury; Idaho: Ste Chapelle; Italy: Barone Fini, Castello di Monastero, Coldisole, Poggio alle Sughere, Lionello Marchesi, Villa Pozzi; New Zealand: The Crossings; Portugal: Quinta Do Vale Meao; Spain: Mar De Frades (Rias Baixas), Cruz de Alba (Ribera del Duero), Ramón Bilbao Vinos Y Vinedos (Rioja), and Volteo (Castilla); Washington: Columbia Winery, and Covey Run, and award-winning spirits from Landy Cognac (France) and Villa Massa (Italy).




1 March 2010 - Felicity Murray