Written by Catherine Seda

Since moving to the Napa Valley in 1967 with her husband Donn and five children (with one on the way), Molly Chappellet of Chappellet Winery has transformed the rocky slopes of their Pritchard Hill estate into a gardener’s paradise.

Molly uses trees, shrubs and flowers to sculpt the land and takes ideas garnered from the earth to create innovative and highly regarded dinners and events. Called the first Martha Stewart, Molly has entertained Clint Eastwood, Danny Kaye, Julia Childs, Dinah Shore and Martha Stewart, and threw a large birthday gala for culinary icon, James Beard.

Molly finds time to write and has published several books including A Vineyard Garden and Long House.

Chappellet Winery is one of the great family-owned and run wineries of the Napa Valley and only the second to open following Prohibition. Their sought-after mountain wines are finely structured with great complexity and depth and include the Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, the Signature Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay.

Chappellet Winery, 1581 Sage Canyon Road, Saint Helena, CA 94574

707.963.7136 |