The Winemaker


Simone Bergese

Simone Bergese is originally from Ceresole d’Alba, Italy and holds a degree in Oenology and Viticulture from the Turin University in Northern Italy. After completing his degree, Simone worked as Assistant Winemaker for several wineries in Italy’s Barolo and Barbaresco regions, as well as wineries in Australia.

He was hired in 2003 as Chief Winemaker at Patria Winery in Sicily, and then he progressed in 2006 as the Chief Winemaker for the prestigious Firriato Winery, one of the best known wineries in Italy. During his time with these two wineries, Simone produced more than 18 million bottles of wine and was awarded several international awards.

In 2008, Bergese moved to the United States to join Potomac Point Winery in Stafford, Virginia. As the winemaker at Potomac Point, he achieved over 60 awards for his wines in local, national, and international wine competitions, including the prestigious International Wine Challenge and Decanter World Wine Awards.

Simone joined Chateau Elan in 2012. The winery here offers over 29 styles of wines and is proud to have won over 300 awards in wine competitions all over the United States. Although his wine making approach is as simple as possible, he loves to experiment with varieties, growing areas, and styles with what some could call an unorthodox winery business model using Georgia and out of state grown varieties as well as two international joint programs.

Over the past 7 years Chateau Elan has more than quadrupled its production volume thus establishing the winery as the largest State’s producer of wines from Georgia grown muscadine grapes and classic grape varieties grown out of state.

Simone’s plan for the future of the winery is to keep exploring new possibilities in order to enhance the current portfolio of native and vinifera varieties in accordance to his strict wine making philosophy.