The Winemaker

Sébastien Marquet

After his 12th birthday, he made a personal decision to become a winemaker. At 13, he was sent to The Lycée Viticole et Oenologue de Beaune in Burgundy. In 1989, he produced his first wines. The experience was his confirmation that he had taken the right path. From 1989-1992 he created wines from prestigious villages in Burgundy. From 1993-1996, he managed vineyards and produced wine in Languedoc-Roussillon in Southern France which elevated his knowledge allowing him to combine his Burgundy techniques to the Bordeaux and Cotes du Rhones varietals. His adventurous spirit led him to launch the first Caribbean vineyard, in tropical weather conditions in 1996. In 2003, his connection to Dr. D’Arcy Dornan, opened the door to a California experience. Sébastien was employed by many wineries in Sonoma and Napa Valley. Today he finds himself in beautiful Virginia, where he is Consultant Winemaker at Doukénie Winery. His new challenge:  to produce high quality consistency, vintage after vintage.