Jackson Family Wines has appointed a new winemaker at its Matanzas Creek winery in California.

The company, which also owns Kendall-Jackson in the state, said earlier this week that Chile national Marcia Monahan will head up the winemaking team at Matanzas Creek. Monahan replaces Francois Cordesse, who left the winery in March to pursue other interests, a spokesperson for JFW told just-drinks today (13 August).

Monahan’s winemaking career began in 1995, at Viña Cousiño Macul in Santiago. She then joined Viña Canepa, also in Santiago, as assistant winemaker. In 1996, Monahan came to the US as part of the 'Communicating for Agricultural and Exchange Programme'. Her first California winemaking job was as an enologist at Cardinale Winery in Napa Valley. From there, Monahan worked for Kendall-Jackson Winery in both Sonoma and Napa counties as assistant winemaker. In 2006, Monahan was named winemaker for Pelton House in Knights Valley.

Matanzas Creek winery is located in Santa Rosa