For Claudia, the wine business is an international family affair. Claudia’s parents grew up on wine estates and immigrated to California from Germany in 1961. A bilingual dual-national, Claudia has enjoyed the best of the “new” and the “old” worlds. She was born and raised in California and grew up in the Napa Valley. After earning a degree in Economics at Stanford University, she worked in San Francisco before returning to her familial roots in Germany.
In 1994 she established Schuetz Weinimport, importing and distributing California wines in Germany. Today Claudia directs her focus on promoting her family’s wines (Schug Carneros Estate) in Europe as well as educating trade and consumers as California Wine Institute’s Education Ambassador. A WSET Diploma-holder, she is currently working towards the Master of Wine qualification.