Winemakers

Rebekah Wineburg - Winemaker

REBEKAH WINEBURG

WINEMAKER

Rebekah Wineburg joined Buccella in 2009, bringing a broad range of national and international winemaking expertise with her. With experience in the wine-growing regions of California, Oregon, Italy, and New Zealand, she contributes a worldly perspective to the cultivation and production of luxury wines in Napa.A native of Washington, DC, Rebekah’s passion for winemaking began when she visited Napa Valley with her parents and toured several wineries. The discussions of wine and winemaking from that visit left such a lasting impression that she went on to pursue a dual degree in chemistry and biology at Macalester College with the dream of becoming a winemaker. While studying abroad in Australia and shadowing a local winemaker, she was further drawn to the craft. According to her, through winemaking, “you get to be part of something so much more, as wines have a life and spirit of their own.” Committing wholeheartedly to her dream, she enrolled in the winemaking program at the University of California, Davis, where she earned her master’s degree in viticulture and enology.Her love for wine led her to Tuscany, where she served as harvest enologist at Tenuta dell’Ornellaia. Once she returned stateside, she worked as enologist for the Staglin Family Vineyard. As her experience and skills grew, Rebekah moved to Rudd Winery, accepting a position as assistant winemaker. While at Rudd, she directly managed all winemaking operations from harvest to bottling and worked closely with consultant winemaker Michel Rolland to produce wines of ample power and finesse.

Celia Welch - Consultant & Winemaker

CELIA WELCH

CONSULTANT & WINEMAKER

One of the most sought-after consultants in Napa, Celia Welch joined our team in 2008 with a reputation for winemaking artistry and a commitment to creating handcrafted luxury wines. Celia shares our philosophy on wine, creating varietals with intense depth of flavor, balance, and purity of fruit. Our high standards are matched only by Celia’s meticulous attention to detail and extensive winemaking expertise.Exposed to winemaking at an early age by her parents in Medford, Oregon, she pursued her passion for flavors and aromas by earning a degree in fermentations science from the University of California, Davis. After graduation, Celia expanded her winemaking education by exploring many winegrowing regions, including Australia’s Barossa Valley. Upon returning to the United States, she began her consulting career with the Staglin Family Vineyard in Napa Valley and soon realized the joy in working closely with boutique wineries and their passionate owners. She currently consults for a limited number of ultra-premium Napa Valley clients, including Keever and Scarecrow, while also making her own wine, Corra.As one of North America’s most highly regarded winemakers, Celia has earned the Rising Star Award from the Southern California chapter of Women for WineSense and was inducted into its Winemakers Hall of Fame. In 2008, she was named Winemaker of the Year by Food & Wine magazine. In 2005, Forbes honored Celia as one of America’s Top Ten Tastemakers. She is a professional member of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture and a past co-chair of the Napa Valley Wine Technical Group.

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