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Kelley Hamilton

VITICULTURIST AND VINEYARD MANAGER

Starting her career in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California, Kelley was drawn back to the land of the long white cloud by its unique culture and geography plus the promise and challenge of cool climate wine growing.

Having worked in vineyards and wineries throughout the world including Burgundy, Oregon, California, Australia and New Zealand, Kelley has a broad range of experience both growing and making wine. An Honours graduate of the Viticulture and Oenology program at the University of California, Davis, and a Level II Certified Sommelier, Kelley brings a comprehensive knowledge base to the Valli team.

While she has enjoyed working with many different varieties, her focus over the past several years has been on Pinot Noir and aromatic whites, with an emphasis on understanding how various combinations of soil types and climate shape the resulting wines. It’s no wonder that managing Valli’s different sub regional vineyards is something she is particularly excited by, always with the goal to allow for each site to individually express themselves.