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Winemaking & Vineyards

Kimberlee Nicholls WINEMAKER at markham vineyards

Kimberlee Nicholls


“It’s so invigorating to be in Napa Valley or at this beautiful winery. When it smells like harvest, you can smell the grapes, it’s alive and it’s fantastic. It’s a fantastic job.”

Kim is a chemist full of energy and life, with a long history in Napa and a deep love of Merlot. As one of the first female winemakers in the Napa Valley, she is highly respected in the area. With three decades of experience under her belt, we are thrilled and humbled to have her on our team. Her food-friendly winemaking style is fueled by a love of cooking and the connective ritual of pairing lovingly prepared food with artfully made wines. Kim is an integral part of Markham’s story and has greatly contributed to our countless accolades and enduring place as one of Napa Valley’s great wineries.

Abigail Horstman Assistant Winemaker

Abigail Horstman

Assistant Winemaker

An avid traveler, Abigail has worked harvests from Napa to Italy to Israel. She first joined the Markham cellar in 2017 as an enologist, and returned to the winery in 2021 to become our Assistant Winemaker. Her favorite thing about winemaking at Markham is the innovation and willingness to try new things and, of course, how food-friendly the wines are.

Patricia Sciacca ENOLOGIST at Markham Vineyards

Patricia Sciacca


A Napa Valley native, Patricia grew up on Atlas Peak high in the Vaca Mountain range that forms Napa Valley’s eastern edge. She earned her degree from Cal Poly SLO, where she developed a fascination with the effects of chemistry on the sensory aspects of wine. When not immersed in the cellar or lab, she enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking or fishing with her husband … or relaxing with a glass of wine alongside her tiny grey kitten Murphy and not-so-tiny rottweiler Magnum.

Other Team Members

Dena Chiappulinni EVENTS MANAGER at Markham Vineyards

Dena Chiappulinni

Events Manager

Dena is our boot-wearing event wizard. Her creativity, organizational skills and easy spirit have earned her a we-couldn’t-have-done-it-without-her reputation from past event guests. With grace and style, she’ll guide you through designing a memorable experience in one of our historic winery settings. Be forewarned: after working with Dena, there’s a very likely chance your guests will request you make your event a tradition.

Greg Strange WINE CLUB MANAGER at Markham Vineyards

Greg Strange

Wine Club Manager

Greg is one part wine geek and one part hospitality expert, making him an excellent caretaker and guide for our extended Markham family. He is your wine club membership guru and guide. His motto is “keep it flexible”, which means he’ll do his best to get you the wines you want, when you want them. Greg also is a treasure trove of knowledge about our heritage and wines. Don’t be afraid to quiz him, you won’t be disappointed.

Kim Moore MARKETING DIRECTOR at Markham Vineyards

Kim Moore

Marketing Director

Kim is our wine temptress, connecting great wines with great people. A family boat in her youth named ‘Chardonnay’ may or may not have influenced her career path but her love of wine and food — most specifically cheese — have kept her engaged. With creativity and enthusiasm, she invites you to fall in love with the world of Markham. 

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