Cyril Chappellet –
Chairman of the Board
Moving to a home in the middle of the vineyards when he was 10 years old, Cyril Chappellet's course in life was influenced by the romance of the vineyards and the growth of Napa Valley's wine industry. The eldest son of Molly & Donn Chappellet, Cyril was encouraged to make his own career choices and explore life away from the family winery.
After studying farm management at Cal Poly and completing his business education at Pepperdine University, Cyril began his career in corporate planning and acquisitions working on the East-coast for an oil and insurance company. In 1988, with nearly 10 years of business experience under his belt, Cyril returned to Pritchard Hill, excited by the challenges Chappellet faced in an ever-changing industry. Cyril says his goal was "to continue what my father started – making extraordinary wines that express the unique growing conditions of Pritchard Hill."
The CEO of the business, Cyril spends the bulk of his time setting strategic direction for the company and working with his talented management team. He also travels around the country visiting key accounts and hosting wine events. Avoiding the use of an official title, Cyril observes, with typical candor, that his responsibilities are not clearly defined. When he is on Pritchard Hill, Cyril can be found driving a forklift, barbequing for winery guests or repairing a piece of vineyard equipment. "Doing whatever it takes is the nature of a family business," says Cyril.
In addition to his work at the winery, Cyril serves on the boards of the Wine Service Co-Op and the Napa Valley Vintners. He is an exceptional chef and enjoys casual entertaining at home. Cyril, his wife Blakesley and their three horses, Dragon, Patron and Rico live on Pritchard Hill.
Cyril’s wife Blakesley is a former Marketing Executive and Senior Vice President at Bank of America. When she married Cyril and moved from the city to the country, Blakesley had no trouble exchanging business suits for morning walks in the vineyards with their dog. She left her post at BofA to lend her talents to the non-profit sector, serving as the Executive Director of the San Francisco 49ers Foundation and then creating the Guild of Sommeliers Education Foundation helping thousands of young sommeliers advance their careers.
Blakesley joins Cyril in promoting the Chappellet brand at events across the country. She is passionate about fundraising and supporting the community and has lent her talents to building Chappellet auction lots to raise funds for charity. Her efforts on Chappellets behalf have raised over $2 million at Auction Napa Valley and over $250,000 for the V Foundation for Cancer Research.