Jill Klein Matthiasson
Napa Valley, California
Featured: Saturday, May 13 Grand Tasting
Before entering the wine business, Jill Klein Matthiasson worked for 10 years in the non-profit world promoting sustainable agriculture in California. Jill started making wine with her husband, Steve, in their back yard, when they started dating in 1995. In 2003, they started making wines to sell when Steve happened upon an undiscovered jewel of a vineyard in the Napa Valley. Naming the winery MATTHIASSON was the easy part; the hard part was convincing people that a tiny, unknown winery could produce world-class, balanced, fresh tasting wines from the Napa Valley.
Jill and her husband Steve have since become internationally acclaimed vintners, with their wines being featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle (where Steve was recently named “Winemaker of the Year”), Bon Appétit Magazine, In-Style Magazine, Decanter Magazine, Food & Wine Magazine, and The Wine Spectator, to name a few. The MATTHIASSON story has also been told in several wine-related books including How to Love Wine, by New York Times wine writer, Eric Asimov, The Juice, by Wall Street Journal wine writer Jay McInerney, and The New California Wine by San Francisco Chronicle wine writer Jon Bonné. When Jill isn’t managing the family wine business, she is picking fresh fruit from her orchards and selling it to local restaurants and at the Napa Farmers’ Market, preserving the fruits and vegetables that she grows in her garden, and raising her two amazing sons.