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Jonathan Walden | Winemaker

As winemaker at Elusa Winery, Jonathan Walden blends his artistic understanding of oenology with his deep-seated connection to nature to create complex and precise wines that respect Calistoga’s distinctive terroir. Jonathan is a rising star in the winemaking world and joins Elusa to bring famed winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown’s vision to life.

Walden’s winemaking career took off when he joined O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery in 2012 under veteran winemaker Sean Capiaux.  In 2016, Walden seized the opportunity to become assistant winemaker at Tuck Beckstoffer Estate, launching the St. Helena brand. Prior to joining Elusa Winery, Walden served as assistant winemaker at Melka Wines overseeing operations at Melka Estates.

Elusa is managed by a team of talented, passionate wine and hospitality mavens, including Winemaker Jonathan Walden, who works to bring Thomas Rivers Brown’s vision for Elusa’s wines to life.

Thomas Rivers Brown | Consulting Winemaker

A Calistoga resident, Thomas Rivers Brown conceived Elusa as a distinct and honest expression of his town – and a celebration of the unique vineyards, the passionate local growers, and the grapes they produce.

Thomas Rivers Brown began his California winemaking career in 1997 and has since made a name for himself as a non-interventionist, creating wines that showcase the vineyard foremost. Renowned wine critic Robert Parker Jr. has awarded him 25 perfect 100-point scores on his Cabernet Sauvignon projects over the past decade.  In 2010, Brown was named Winemaker of the Year by Food & Wine.

Premium Wines of Napa Valley

At Elusa Winery, we pride ourselves on our heightened level of transparency. As a boutique winery in Napa Valley, we are focused on delivering wines in their purest form with every bottle purchased.

Indulge in our tasteful wines of Napa Valley here at Elusa Winery. Our wines come from experienced winemakers here in Napa Valley and are exclusive to our members and guests of the winery.

As a member of Elusa Winery, you will have firsthand access to our collection of fine wines and be invited to our tasting room for a one-of-a-kind wine-tasting experience. Our private wine-tastings are located at our winery here in Calistoga, Napa Valley. Become a member today to enjoy the perks of being a member and gain access to our premium wines of Napa Valley.



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