A Sense of Place
In 1997, family and friends joined Merry to found Merry Edwards Winery, with a focus on producing Pinot Noirs with a sense of place from Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast. In 2008, she and her husband, Ken Coopersmith, completed their winery, where tastings are hosted to educate visitors about Merry’s handcrafted wines and site-specific viticulture. In 2019, Merry Edwards Winery was acquired by Louis Roederer, and the new owners intend to continue to pursue Merry's original vision for the winery and expand its scope and reach into the future. Read Wine Spectator's article about the acquisition here (log-in may be required): Roederer Buys Merry Edwards Winery. Read the Robb Report's take on the sale here: Sonoma's Newest Producer Is Roederer
Nicole Carter appointed president of Merry Edwards Winery
Maison Louis Roederer is delighted to announce the appointment of Nicole Carter as President of Merry Edwards Winery starting October 15, 2019. In her role, she will be responsible for all business activities and will work closely with Head Winemaker Heidi von der Mehden. Nicole will also work hand-in-hand with Merry Edwards to ensure a smooth and successful transition to the next chapter of the life of the winery.
Nicole was previously Chief Marketing Officer and Director of Winemaking for Hess Family Wine Estates, leading global marketing initiatives, new product development and winemaking across all California and Argentina brands in their portfolio.
She spent the prior two decades at Treasury Wine Estates, where she served in various executive management roles including team leadership of luxury marketing, exports, distributor management, public relations, events and sponsorships, direct-to-consumer and hospitality focusing both domestically and internationally for super premium brands.
“I am thrilled to welcome Nicole to Merry Edwards Winery. Her demonstrated success in driving successful sales and marketing efforts, direct-to-consumer strategy and implementation, combined with her experience in profitably building luxury brands will be an invaluable asset as Maison Louis Roederer embarks on this new journey in Sonoma County. I am confident Merry Edwards’ legacy will be in good hands,” says Gregory Balogh, President & CEO of Maison Louis Roederer’s US subsidiaries.
“It will be my great honor to continue the legacy that Merry and Ken have built as benchmark producers of Pinot Noir in Sonoma County and with the support of Maison Louis Roederer, we have a tremendous future ahead. My wine career started 25 years ago in Sonoma County and it is a welcomed homecoming to return as the steward of such an amazing winery,” said Nicole Carter. A graduate of the American University in Washington, D.C., Ms. Carter is a Certified Specialist of Wine and holds additional certifications from the Court of Master Sommeliers, the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and the Culinary Institute of America Wine School in Napa Valley. She has extensive knowledge of winemaking and viticulture, and is an accomplished open water swimmer, including several crossings from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco.