Decanter interview: Charles Banks

From wine novice to joint owner of Screaming Eagle, and now at the helm of a mighty portfolio of esteemed global wine estates – it’s been a busy few decades for this venture capitalist, finds Patrick Comiskey

Charles Banks: At a glance

Mayacamas Vineyard in Napa Valley

Born
November 1967, Newport News, Virginia

Education BA (history and philosophy) University of Georgia

Family Wife Ali, daughters McMillan (19) and Augusta (9), son Charlie V (11)

The Terroir Selections portfolio:

California Sandhi Wines, Lompoc • Domaine de la Côte, Lompoc • Cultivate Wines, St Helena • Leviathan Wines, St Helena • Qupé Wine Cellars, Santa Maria • Mayacamas Vineyards, Napa • Whetstone Wine Cellars, Napa • Agharta Wines, Sebastopol • Wind Gap Wines, Sebastopol

Oregon Evening Land Vineyards, Salem

South Africa Fable Mountain Vineyards, Tulbagh • Mulderbosch Winery, Stellenbosch • Marvelous Wines, Stellenbosch

New Zealand Trinity Hill, Hawke’s Bay France Maison L’Orée, Burgundy

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