Meet Our Winemakers


Biltmore winemakers Bernard Delille and Sharon Fenchak bring together the art and science of winemaking. Despite their distinctly different backgrounds, the two share a common approach to winemaking as they create high-quality wines that are true to varietal character as well as food-friendly and a great value. 
 
Together, they have developed an outstanding portfolio of award-winning wines worthy of the finest Vanderbilt traditions of taste and style.

Bernard Delille

When asked to name his favorite wine, Bernard says, “The one I’m drinking right now!”

A native of France, Bernard joined the Biltmore Wine Company as assistant winemaker in 1986, rising to the position of winemaster in 1991. Bernard is especially fond of sparkling wines and enjoys crafting them according to the traditional méthode champenoise. According to Bernard, sparkling wines aren’t just for celebrations – they’re surprisingly food-friendly as well.

His background includes a master’s degree in biochemistry and certificates in microbiology and enology from the Faculty of Science in Lyon, France. Prior to Biltmore, Bernard was a winemaker in the Pyrenees Atlantiques region.

Bernard Delille standing in front of wine barrels


Sharon Fenchak

Sharon’s passion for winemaking brought her to Biltmore in 1999, and she attained winemaker status in 2003. In addition to creating fine wines, Sharon is also involved in research and development for new grape-growing technology and production methods.

“As Biltmore wines continue to grow,” Sharon says, “I hope to continue building the tradition of the Biltmore brand among wine enthusiasts locally, nationally, and globally.”

Before Biltmore, Sharon crafted wines for two different Georgia wineries. The Pennsylvania native holds a master’s degree in food science from the University of Georgia, a bachelor’s degree in food science from Penn State University, and has served in both the US Army and the US Army Reserves. Sharon became interested in wine while stationed in Vicenza, Italy.

Sharon Fenchak standing in front of wine barrels