René Schlatter


President, Merryvale Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA

René Schlatter proudly upholds his family’s integrity and commitment to excellence in his broad role as President of Merryvale Vineyards, a family-owned Napa Valley winery. A native of Switzerland, René has lived in the U.S. since 1987, completing his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and earning a Master’s Degree from Arizona’s Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management.

As a winery principal, René has held progressively more responsible positions at Merryvale since 1995.  He has made significant contributions in Merryvale’s sales management, marketing, finance and grape grower relations. In 2005, René and his family acquired a second estate vineyard with 50 acres planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah followed in 2006 by the construction of a second winery in the Napa Valley’s Carneros region. This state-of-the-art facility, called Starmont after the Merryvale wines of the same label, is extremely energy efficient using solar power and recycling 100% of winery process water.

As a result of these accomplishments under René’s leadership, Wine Enthusiast Magazine nominated him as Person of the Year for their Annual Wine Star Awards in 2011 with these comments: “Since 2008, the president of Napa’s Merryvale Vineyards has pioneered green initiatives while preserving the winery’s family legacy and excellence in producing Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.”

René and his family are very committed to protecting and preserving the Napa Valley for future generations using sustainable practices.  Both of Merryvale’s estate vineyards have been Napa Green Farm certified.  Both René and his wife Laurence are actively involved in the community of St. Helena, where they live with their three young daughters, Jenna, Jade and Corinna.

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