Gabrielle Leonhard O’Connell, is vintner and Director of Winemaking of O’Connell Family Wines, known for boutique, handcrafted, gold metal 94 point Cabernet Sauvignon from the O’Connell Family Estate Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. Gabrielle specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, and makes 7 wines in the Gabrielle Collection, each a distinctive blend- blending is her specialty & passion. Her wines have a loyal following of fine wine collectors worldwide.
Ms Leonhard O’Connell is active in the wine industry including: a board member of Women for WineSense where she served as National Board President; a judge at the Mendocino Fair Wine Competition and at the first National Women’s Wine Competition; honored as a leader in Sustainable Farming by Napa Valley Grape Growers.
She established the family estate CCOF Certified Organic vineyard and gardens to create a diverse eco-system to ensure overall vineyard health- one of only a few Napa Valley estate that is 100% organic. Gabrielle believes this complex environment sustains healthy organisms that maintain a naturally robust vineyard, which creates beautifully complex wines. The olive grove, orchard, lavender field, herb & vegetable garden produce culinary and lifestyle enhancing products, that embody the natural luxury of wine country living. These and innovative food & wine pairings will be featured for all to enjoy at their Napa downtown Tasting Boutique.
Gabrielle has another passion: Olive Oil. She has completed the certification curriculum at UC Davis to be an Olive Oil Taster; is founder of the Olive Oil Culinary Guild- a training program for chefs on olive oil sensory evaluation & quality; and of MOPREP- an organization to preserve the historic olive trees in California. She is currently authoring a The Ultimate Guide of American Olive Oil and grows historic Mission olives to produce GC Napa Valley Certified Organic Estate Extra Virgin Oil.