Meet Our Winemaker

Giovani Verdejo, Winemaker

Giovani Verdejo, also known as “Gio,” was born in Mexico City and relocated to Napa Valley with his family during his youth. He developed a deep passion for the wine industry and pursued his interest by studying enology at both Napa Valley College and UC Davis. This marked the beginning of his wine career.

Giovani has over 22 years of experience in the industry, renowned for his exceptional palate and visionary approach to premium winemaking. With a strong work ethic and a dedication to his craft, Giovani quickly rose through the ranks at Foley Family Wines and honed his skills in all aspects of winemaking. His attention to detail, combined with an innate sense of intuition, allowed him to produce some of the most exceptional wines in the industry.

Giovani’s areas of expertise include handcrafting luxury Bordeaux and Rhone wines that have consistently garnered 90+ ratings from esteemed wine critics. His ability to balance fruit and tannins, along with his mastery of the aging process, and his diversified experience working with other varietals has earned him a reputation as one of the most talented winemakers in California.

Despite his success, Giovani remains humble and committed to his craft. He is known for his tireless work ethic, his dedication to his team, and his unwavering commitment to producing wines of the highest quality. Through his visionary approach to winemaking, Giovani has established himself as a true master of his craft. His legacy as one of the industry’s most talented and innovative winemakers is one that will undoubtedly endure for generations to come.

As one of California’s most prestigious wineries, it is our privilege to affirm that Giovani has been appointed Winemaker for Callaway Vineyard & Winery. Here, he will push the boundaries of what is possible in winemaking, creating some of the most elegant and complex wines the industry has ever seen.