About Nova

Nova 2017

Nova Cadamatre Master of Wine

After realizing she had fallen in love with grapevines, Nova transferred to Cornell in the fall of 2004 to be part of their newly introduced Viticulture and Enology undergraduate program.  During her time in the Finger Lakes, she worked with Shawn Kime, of Thirsty Owl Wine Company and went on to graduate in 2006 as one of the first Viticulture majors from Cornell.  She moved to CA in 2006 and after several years, they moved up to the North Coast to work with Ed Killian, Head winemaker for Chateau Souverain and Director of Winemaking at Asti Winery.  Ed was an important mentor, allowing Nova to explore her own talents and organizing opportunities for her to work with other amazing winemakers such as Margo Van Staavern at Chateau St. Jean, Laurie Hook at Beringer Winery, and Scott McLeod, consulting winemaker and former winemaker for the iconic Inglenook.  Concurrently, Nova began work one of the world’s most difficult wine certifications, the Master of Wine which she received in the fall of 2017 becoming the first woman winemaker in the US to do so.   During her MW studies, Nova was taught by many global presences of winemaking including the late Paul Pontallier of Chateau Margaux, Denis Dubourdieu of the University of Bordeaux, and Jean-Rene Matignon of Chateau Pichon Longueville.

Between the exposure to some of the world’s greatest winemaking talent and the intense study for the MW, Nova rapidly became a creative and resourceful winemaker with skill and knowledge to understand the best vineyards.  This clearly showed once she began to work with To Kalon vineyard while working as red winemaker for Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville, CA.  The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve was one of the most highly rated for the vintage and the first Reserve from the winery to be vineyard designated as To Kalon. The 2012 and 2013 Reserve Cabernets were also highly celebrated. It was this success which led to Wine Enthusiast naming Nova one of the Top 40 under 40 in 2014.  Nova and her family were asked to move back to the Finger Lakes to become Director of Winemaking at Constellation’s Canandaigua Winery where she developed the 240 Days brand.  She and her husband, Brian also started their own brand called Trestle Thirty One while there.  In 2018, Nova was approached to move back to Napa to assume the role of Senior Director of winemaking for Napa with Constellation to oversee the winemaking teams for Robert Mondavi Winery, The Prisoner Wine Company, Mount Veeder Winery, Schrader, and Fransiscan.

If you are interested in  ordering the Trestle Thirty One 2016 Riesling or joining the mailing list please visit the Trestle Thirty One website, Trestle31.com.

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13 thoughts on “About Nova

  1. It was great to see your profile in the Cornell Alum notes.
    Congratulations and best wishes for your continued success…

  2. Nice write up on wine scores. Unfortunately the majority of people make their decision on some one else scores. Love your passion, drive and perspective. Please keep it going!

  3. Hi Nova,

    I am getting ready for the IMW Residential Seminar in SF and it made me think about you. I hope all is well with you and your family, how are things for you?
    Are you still in the MW program? I hope you have a great holiday season!



  4. I just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration. I loved reading your blog and it’s nice to see an honest, candid look at the world of wine, especially the most difficult levels of examinations such as the MW.

    Keep fighting the good fight!


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