The key to great winemaking starts with passion for the dedicated and detailed work and a commitment to excellence in every step. Led by award-winning Napa Valley winemaker and industry leader, Ashley Hepworth, she is dedicated to helping owners & brands improve their potential by crafting high-quality wines, while allowing the vineyards and vintages to speak for themselves.
With over 23 years of experience in winemaking, Ashley brings extensive knowledge and passion to help others improve their craft. She has served as Winemaker at Joseph Phelps Vineyards for 15 years, overseeing the production of the vineyard’s award-winning Napa Valley wines, including its flagship wine Insignia, Single-Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Backus, as well as its Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, and Delice. Prior to taking on the role of Winemaker, Ashley served in increasingly responsible roles at the vineyard, starting as a Harvest Intern in 1999 before moving on to more technical roles as Lab Technician, Enologist and Associate Winemaker. Ashley's approach to winemaking is simple yet effective.
Ashley honed her palate early in her career working in restaurant kitchens, including the famed Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago. She is also proud to have worked the 2005 harvest at Chateau Angelus (a Premier Grand Cru Classé A - Saint-Emilion). Since taking on her first role as a harvest intern in the industry, she has maintained a sense of curiosity and hunger to learn.
Growing up in Colorado, Ashley is an avid skier and loves hiking and mountain biking. She has summited many of the state’s 14ers. She also completed Outward Bound courses, including one in Africa, and summited Mt. Kilimanjaro. But her greatest adventure to date is raising two kiddos and plotting adventures with her husband, Greg.
“When I meet younger people interested in a career in the wine industry… I always tell them that one of the best things about it is they will meet so many dedicated, passionate, and gracious people. You are definitely one of the best examples that comes to mind, and I’m thankful to you for it.”
Eric Hervé, Ph.D
“Ashley Hepworth has been an Icon here in the Napa Valley producing incredible wines year in and year out. Her passion for winemaking has always inspired others including me. Her energy is contagious and her knowledge immense. I know if I ever have a wine made by Ashley it will indeed be fabulous!”
“Ashley’s passion for winemaking is unparalleled, and her expertise and dedication are truly impressive. I had the honor of working with Ashley from 1999-2002 as she worked her way up from intern, and soon thereafter to winemaker. Her attention to detail and commitment to quality make her the perfect consulting winemaker. I have no doubt Ashley will continue to excel in her craft”