Chelsea Hoff leads as the Director of Vineyard Operations at Fantesca Estate & Winery. Her passion for winemaking was kindled as a young girl when her parents, Susan & Duane Hoff, established Fantesca in 2004. She was drawn to the meticulous process of curating wines that celebrate life's treasured milestones.
Driven by an insatiable curiosity, Chelsea pursued her academic journey at UC Davis, plunging deep into the realms of enology and viticulture. Her quest for global expertise led her to wine-rich regions from the rustic terrains of Italy and Bordeaux to the diverse landscapes of Australia. This international foray presented her a tapestry of winemaking techniques that guides her distinct style today.
In 2016, her entrepreneurial spirit shone through with the launch of Fearless Wines, a testament to her commitment to both authenticity and challenging the wine industry's conventions. Fearless Wines, embodying its name, swiftly captured attention, with its inaugural vintage selling out immediately.
Yet, Chelsea's vision transcended traditional winemaking. With the development of Lohas Wines in 2019, she championed sustainable practices, honing in on lesser-known varietals from southeast Spain. This groundbreaking approach not only bolstered local growers but also championed eco-conscious practices, setting a new standard from vineyard to table.
Now, as the Director of Vineyard Operations for Fantesca Estate & Winery, Chelsea is responsible for both Fantesca's outside growers and estate vineyards, with a focus on the growing of the highest-quality wine grapes, budgeting, scheduling vineyard activities, planning vineyard replants, and developing long-term farming strategies for sustainability.