Moving to Pritchard Hill when he was 10 years old, Cyril Chappellet has witnessed the transformation of Napa Valley into one of the world’s great winegrowing regions. The eldest son of Molly and Donn Chappellet, Cyril grew up working in the vineyard and winery. Donn and Molly encouraged Cyril to make his own career choices and to explore life away from the family business. After studying farm management at Cal Poly and completing his business education at Pepperdine University, Cyril began a career in corporate planning and acquisitions. After nearly a decade of honing his business skills, Cyril returned to Pritchard Hill to join the Chappellet team. Cyril was elected chairman of the winery’s family-run board of directors in 2012, becoming the only person other than his late father, Donn, to hold this position. Prior to being named chairman of the board, Cyril spent many years as the winery’s managing director. In this role, he was instrumental in guiding the day-to-day workings of the winery, overseeing sales and marketing efforts and working with his parents and siblings to ensure the ongoing vitality of the business. . “The finest wineries around the world reflect a commitment that goes beyond one generation,” says Cyril. He lives on Pritchard Hill with his wife, Blakesley, a lifestyle author and marketing consultant.