Hospitality Team

At Round Pond, nothing gives us greater pleasure than sharing our handcrafted artisan creations and our hospitality. Located in the spectacular Rutherford region of the Napa Valley, a visit to our family-owned and operated estate is an exquisite opportunity to explore the rich abundance of one of California’s most famed winegrowing areas. From our intimate and acclaimed olive oil tours to some of the best wine tasting in the Napa Valley, a day spent at Round Pond offers a warm, gracious and informative escape from the everyday. We invite you meet our hand-picked hospitality team.

Liz Mercer, Director of Hospitality

Liz Mercer grew up in the Napa Valley, which instilled a deep respect for the culture and lifestyle of wine and hospitality. She left the area to attend Northwood University in Michigan and graduated with a BA in Banking and Finance. Upon graduation, she returned to the Napa Valley to follow her passion of food and wine. After a brief stint in the Santa Barbara wine country, she will forever call Napa Valley her home. When not at the winery, she enjoys travel, fine dining (and not so fine dining!) and collecting cookbooks.

 


Eric Maczko, Executive Chef

As Executive Chef, Eric Maczko oversees menus and wine pairing for Round Pond Estate’s extensive wine and food programs. He is dedicated to the concept of farm-to-table dining, and creates original dishes from the produce of on-site organic olive orchards and biodynamic produce gardens, including the estate olive oils, citrus syrups and red wine vinegars.

Prior to joining Round Pond Estate full-time, Eric consulted with the winery as an independent contractor, specializing in menus, recipes and wine pairing. For nearly a decade he served as Executive Chef at the historic Pine Ridge Winery, where he developed a style based on the marriage of classic French cuisine to contemporary California fare.

Originally from New Jersey, Eric attended the University of Hartford in Connecticut before earning his degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He is a certified sommelier and is currently pursuing his advanced sommelier certification. Eric enjoys travel and has tasted wine throughout the world’s finest winegrowing regions.

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