Cyril ChappelletChairman 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."
Responsible for the winery's national sales and marketing, Cyril spends the bulk of his time traveling 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 dog Cody live on Pritchard Hill.
Cyril’s wife Blakesley often joins Cyril in promoting the Chappellet brand at events across the country. A former Marketing Executive and Senior Vice President at Bank of America, 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. Her non-profit volunteer efforts include board roles with the OLE Health Foundation, V Foundation Wine Celebration and Stoecklein Foundation. Over the last decade Blakesley's efforts have helped raise nearly $10 million at charity auctions in the Napa Valley and across the country.