Pedigreed Rutherford Cabernet Estate Appoints Luxury Hospitality Professional
(Rutherford, Calif. – August 2, 2021) – Bella Oaks, a new wine estate and cultural sanctuary in Rutherford, Napa Valley, today announced the appointment of Martin Repicky as Director of Private Clients. In his new role, which reports to General Manager Shae Kinsman, Repicky’s initial focus will be launching the Bella Oaks brand to a dedicated mailing list, after which he will turn his attention to developing a unique hospitality experience to showcase the estate, evenutually incorporating Bella Oaks’ future winemaking facility and tasting room on Manley Lane.
Since 2010, Repicky has held management positions with the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group (TKRG), most recently serving as the General Manager for the TAK Room in New York City, where he oversaw the development, construction & opening of Thomas Keller’s latest restaurant concept. He has also worked as the Service Manager at Per Se and the Assistant General Manager for The French Laundry. In his native Canada, he worked at C Restaurant in Vancouver, Temple Restaurant Lounge in Victoria, Araxi Restaurant & Lounge in Whistler and the Five Sails Restaurant at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver. Repicky has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and French Language from the University of Victoria, a WSET Higher Certificate and a Sommelier Diploma from the International Sommelier Guild.
“Martin brings extensive hospitality experience from his many years of service in the country’s most acclaimed restaurants. We cannot think of a more ideal candidate to offer our private clients personal attention and a world-class experience. Martin is a wonderful addition to the great team Suzanne Deal Booth has brought together, ”says Shae Kinsman, General Manager.
The first release of Bella Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon will be in September 2021 with the 2018 vintage ($ 275 / bottle). Pre-release tastings will be offered on a very limited basis by-prior-appointment-only at nearby Wheeler Farms for $ 125 per person.
ABOUT BELLA OAKS
Bella Oaks is a new wine estate almost five decades in the making, a project that combines one of Napa Valley’s most historic and revered vineyards with the dedication to cultural heritage projects that characterizes the vision of proprietor and cultural preservation advocate Suzanne Deal Booth. The Bella Oaks vineyard is legendary, with a legacy for producing some of Napa Valley’s earliest single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons. Recognizing both its history and untapped potential, Deal Booth, who acquired Bella Oaks in 2010, has at last given this storied vineyard a voice of its own with a team that includes Vineyard Manager David Abreu, Winemaker Nigel Kinsman, and Master Blender Michel Rolland. Deal Booth oversaw the conversion of the vineyard to organic farming, and Bella Oaks was certified by the CCOF in 2019. With a vision of creating a vibrant and holistic ecosystem on the estate, she also hired consultant Jeff Lawson to implement biodynamic principles and practices throughout the property.
The Bella Oaks estate comprises a total of 32.6 acres, with 12.5 acres currently planted and a ten-acre vineyard expansion underway and scheduled for completion by the end of 2021. Booth’s holistic vision for Bella Oaks is to bring the land to its highest potential by giving voice to the estate through its own wine as well as the seamless integration of art, community, and culture. The first release of Bella Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon will be in September 2021 with the 2018 vintage ($ 275 / bottle). For more information, please visit www.bellaoaks.com.