FIRST GENERATION WINEMAKER
Chelsea challenges the status quo. Working under Heidi Barrett at the family’s Fantesca Estate & Winery and her own Fearless brand, she also continues to work in the Napa Valley as a consulting assistant winemaker for a handful of clients.
The bold mission statement for her first solo project. Create wines for the fearless: Entrusted to those who are passionate for their dreams and fierce in their tenacity for life. But no matter where she is, one thing is for sure: She is setting her own course.
Chelsea Hoff is a first generation winemaker with experience that spans the globe. From the age of 13 getting up before school to do pump overs with her father at Fantesca Estate & Winery, to graduating from UC Davis’ Viticulture & Enology program, Chelsea has worked toward her dream. Scoring highest in her class during blending trials, coupled with her relentless quest to learn from the best worldwide, wine is the passion she loves to share with others. Fearless in her pursuit, she worked in Bordeaux, France at Château Smith Haut Lafitte; in Australia's Barossa Valley at Charles Melton Wines; and even Northern Italy to discover her favorite winemaking techniques, varietals, and styles. Upon returning home to the Napa Valley she worked harvests with several winemakers such as Thomas Brown, Heidi Barrett, and Jesse Katz.
Inspired and ready - Chelsea, at age 23, started Fearless Wines in 2016, the first winemaking project under her full creative control. The inaugural vintage of Fearless Wines sold out upon release. Fearless was created for those who are passionate for their dreams and are fierce in their tenacity for life. She contributes to her family’s winery, Fantesca, as Brand Ambassador representing Fantesca at various events & tastings as well as aiding in their marketing efforts. She assists the winemaking and viticultural team with standards and analysis. Her quest to learn and grow is fueled by opportunities like getting to work with an amazing winemaker such as Pepe Raventós on the international release of LOHAS Spanish wines.