Stags’ Leap Winery Announces Leadership Change

Stags’ Leap Winery has appointed Ludovic Dervin as Senior Winemaker and General Manager. Christophe Paubert, who has led the winery for 13 years, will retire and return to his home country of France following this year’s harvest, which they are completing together.

“We believe Ludo’s global experience, diverse background, and passion for producing world-class wines makes him an excellent choice to continue the Stags’ Leap Winery legacy,” said Rachel Ashley, Sr. Vice President, Supply, for Treasury Americas. “Christophe’s commitment to quality, authenticity, and sustainability has made a profound impact on Stags’ Leap Winery, and we feel fortunate that he led this historic property for many years.”

Ludovic Dervin, who hails from the Champagne region of France, has been making wines in California since the mid-1990s for luxury wineries such as Hartford Court, Kendall Jackson’s Vérité and Mumm Napa.

Drawn to Stags’ Leap’s signature style of winemaking, he is both eager and determined to continue the winery’s legacy of producing gold-standard Napa Valley wines. “I’m thrilled to join Stags’ Leap Winery as its newest caretaker and for the opportunity to work with a brand that is known for its refined elegance, finesse, and level of traditionality that really showcases the incredible quality of the fruit,” he said. “I look forward to taking the leap into its newest chapter.”

About Stags’ Leap Winery

Stags’ Leap Winery was established in 1893 in the eponymous Stags Leap District and continues to use traditional techniques to create estate wines from a 240-acre property situated on dark, well-drained volcanic soils. While best known for its classic Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, this authentic, time-tested brand is also admired for its expressions of Sauvignon Blanc, Petite Sirah, and Viognier. For more information, please visit

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