Cenyth represents Hélène’s mentorship with her father, world-renowned winemaker Pierre Seillan. Applying the knowledge and techniques she has observed and learned from her father over a lifetime, Hélène crafted the inaugural 2009 vintage of Cenyth, a Bordeaux- blend from mountain and hillside vineyards in Sonoma County.
As she continues on her path as winemaker, Hélène is using her experience in the vineyards of France and her passion for Sonoma County to define her own style. Through her old and new world experience, she has learned many lessons and important values, but perhaps none are as significant as the lessons she continues to learn from her father.
The name Cenyth represents Hélène Seillan beginning her journey as a winemaker. Her knowledge is young. It is powerful. And it is fueled by her inspiration and ideas waiting to reveal themselves.
If it is true that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” then perhaps the same may be said about grapes on the vine – at least in the case of Hélène Seillan, winemaker for Cenyth and daughter of renowned winemaker Pierre Seillan.
Hélène is using her experience in the vineyards of France and her passion for Sonoma County to define her own style.
Born in 1987, Hélène Seillan spent her childhood in both France and California, surrounded by family and friends for whom winemaking was as much a passion as it was a profession. Following in her father’s footsteps, Hélène pursued a career in winemaking and began splitting her time between Sonoma County and Saint-Émilion. Starting in 2006, she served as assistant winemaker for her father at the family’s Bordeaux estate, where she worked on all aspects of winery management showing the same talent, passion and ability as her father.
Hélène holds a degree in Viticulture and Oenology from the Institut Rural de Vayres in Bordeaux. When she is not in the vineyards, Hélène likes to indulge her second passion for food and enjoys cooking for friends and family.