' Sequoia Grove - Our Team

Our Team

 

Michael Trujillo

PRESIDENT • DIRECTOR OF WINEMAKING

Ask anyone at Sequoia Grove to describe winery President Michael Trujillo, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find one employee who does not use the word “passionate” within the first sentence: “Creative” isn’t far behind.

With more than 30 years of winemaking experience in Napa Valley, Michael Trujillo has continually enhanced the quality of the wines at Sequoia Grove including the expansion of Estate vineyard holdings and creating Cambium, an iconic new wine in the Sequoia Grove portfolio.


Trujillo’s introduction to winemaking occurred in 1982 when, on spring break from his engineering program at Colorado College, he took a road trip to California and dropped by Sequoia Grove to visit family friend Jim Allen, who then offered him a job. Trujillo learned his craft in the vineyards and winery from Jim Allen, as well as from consultants André Tchelistcheff and Tony Soter; “André taught me the importance of balance, and Tony taught me modern techniques and ways to avoid winemaking problems,” Trujillo says.
In 2001, Trujillo became winery President. Under his direction, operations within the winery itself have become more small-lot and artisan-focused. Sequoia Grove has transformed its estate vineyards to rival many of its Rutherford neighbors and upgraded the winery’s outside vineyard sources to include only the finest in the Napa Valley.

Trujillo lives in Angwin with his wife Terri and his daughter Sophia.



 

Molly Hill

WINEMAKER

Winemaker Molly Hill oversees all winemaking and production operations of the winery as well as helping with grower relations and recommendations in the vineyards. Top-quality winemaking and grape growing, with passion, is her goal every step of the way. For Hill, balance is of utmost importance in making a great wine. “Balance to me means nothing stands out—not alcohol, not tannin, not acid, nor fruit nor barrel.”


Although Hill joined Sequoia Grove at the relatively young age of 24, she came with experience from quite a few wineries, large and small. During her studies in the UC Davis viticulture and enology program, Hill learned the ropes at Beringer Wine Estates and later making Pinot Noir at Domaine Carneros. Upon graduation, she sharpened her skills and winemaking intuition first at Sea Smoke Cellars and then at Viña Isidro in Chile, where Michael Trujillo contacted her with a job offer. She joined Sequoia Grove in 2003 as assistant winemaker and was promoted to winemaker in 2008.
Each vintage since has seen more critical acclaim for Sequoia Grove’s wines, and Hill is quick to credit the success to the dedication of her team.

Hill lives with her winemaker husband, Lars, and their children Andreas and Maja. She is a member of Napa Valley Wine Technical Group and the Land Trust of Napa Valley.