Benoit Pineau grew up near Tours in the Loire Valley, France. His grand father’s dedication for growing vines and making wines inspired him to study Viticulture/Oenology in Bordeaux, Burgundy and obtain his Enologist degree.
Focusing on the Bordeaux varietals Benoit gained his winemaking experience in France, Australia and California.
In addition to wine, Benoit developed an interest in the distilling process. His interest led him to Guadeloupe in the rum-making industry.
In 2005 Benoit arrived in Virginia to work under Claude Thibaut making sparkling at Kluge Estate Winery. In addition to falling for the state’s potential to make great wines, he also met and fell for his now wife Jennifer Pineau.
After working for several wineries in the Virginia area; Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyards, Sweely winery and First Colony Winery, Benoit landed at Pollak Vineyards. At Pollak he manages the vineyard and winery operations since 2011. To work for a winery that only uses grapes grown on the estate means that Benoit has control of the product from the buds to the bottles, a rare opportunity in the Virginia industry.
Today, 11 years after first setting foot on American soil as a young French student, Benoit is now an American citizen. When he is not making wine he attends to his other passion, raising his two children along side his wife in the beautiful village of Rochelle VA.