It All Starts In The Vineyard…

I recently had a chance to chat with Annie Favia at a tasting at Jardiniere Restaurant in San Francisco.  She was there with her husband, winemaker Andy Erickson, pouring their Leviathan 2007 Napa Valley Red Wine.  Annie struck me as someone who is very passionate about what she does.  Her specialty is planting and managing vineyards, where it all begins.

Annie Favia joined Abreu Vineyard Management in 1998 as the only woman among 150 men (quite an accomplishment in and of itself).  She called Mary Hall (Maher), the vineyard manager for Harlan Estate, Bond and Napa Valley Reserve, for advise, and soon thereafter Hall became Favia’s mentor.

In addition to managing the vineyards for their own Favia label, Annie is developing vineyards for Screaming Eagle and continues to be under contract with Abreu.

Favia’s vineyard management company is called Libelula Viticultural Services, and she is highly regarded within the wine industry.

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