NAPA VALLEY VINTNERS ELECT MARGARET DUCKHORN AS 2001 ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT
1/17/2001 - Margaret Duckhorn, Co-founder and Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Duckhorn Vineyards, has been elected president of the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV), one of the most prominent positions in the wine industry.
Duckhorn assumes the reins from Jack Stuart, NVV's 2000 president and Winemaker and General Manager, Silverado Vineyards.
Over the next year Duckhorn will lead the prestigious regional trade association that represents 184 Napa Valley wineries in marketing and promotional activities throughout the world. She and her fellow vintners will also help form public policy impacting the Napa wine industry.
"There are several important issues that impact our industry and community, but in a forced ranking, the housing issue rises to the top," said Duckhorn. "Great strides have already begun toward framing a solution, but we have more work to do."
Duckhorn's agenda for 2001 promises a proactive approach to the shortage of farm worker housing, along with a number of other industry issues: protecting the integrity of the Napa appellation through the enforcement of the Geographic Brand Name law; the development of strategies for dealing with Pierce's Disease, the ongoing development of the health center in Napa; greater community outreach; and protecting Napa Valley's greatest resource - its environment.
Born in New York, raised and educated in many locations as part of a military family, she earned her B.S., R.N., and P.H.N. degrees from the University of California at San Francisco in 1963. After graduation, she worked as a Public Health Nurse for the city of Berkeley, California for one year and retired to raise her family. She returned part-time to her professional career in 1975, alternating between the role of Upper Napa Valley School Nurse and public health nursing.