Student or Alumni Profile

John Conover
General Manager of PlumpJack Winery and Partner in CADE Winery

Longtime wine industry executive Mr. Conover is General Manager of PlumpJack Winery and Partner in CADE Winery. He helped focus the direction of PlumpJack on Cabernet Sauvignon, the varietal that achieves unparalleled expression in the Oakville region of Napa Valley. The results have been high critical acclaim for our Estate and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon wines, including many 90+ scores and Wine Enthusiast’s designation of our 2001 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon as “The Number One Wine in the World.” Our PlumpJack Reserve Chardonnay is a regular favorite at the White House. Conover also pioneered the use of screw-cap bottle toppings for high-end wines, a decision he believes best protects the wine and underlines PlumpJack’s approachability.

“As far as Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards go, it just doesn’t get any better than Oakville,” says Conover. “We have our own interpretation of the classic Oakville expression. Our wines have bold fruit character, rich complexity, and an inviting, easy-to-enjoy style.”

Conover joined PlumpJack Winery in 1999, after holding sales, marketing, and management positions with Grgich Hills Cellar, Monticello Cellars, and Lockwood Vineyard. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Napa County Land Trust and Napa Valley Grape Growers.