NAPA COUNTY (KRON) — Denis Malbec, a well-known Napa County winemaker, died in a car crash early Saturday morning in unincorporated Napa County just north of Yountville.
Denis Malbec, 46, of St. Helena, was driving a Mercedes-Benz north on Washington Street when it left the road on a left turn around 1:10 a.m., according to California Highway Patrol.
The car hit a barbed wire fence and a tree. Malbec was pronounced dead at the scene.
His passenger, Joshua Phelps, 30, was taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center as a precaution but was no injured, authorities said.
The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. It is also unclear how fast he was driving.
Both men were wearing seatbelts.
Authorities do not know if impairment contributed to the crash.
Malbec and his wife Britt-May Malbec were winemakers and consultants at wineries including Sodaro Estate Winery in Napa Valley and Blankiet Estate winery in Yountville.
Denis Malbec also was a winemaker at Kapcsandy Family Winery in Yountville.