Sebastiani's 4th Generation Family Member, Marc Cuneo, Promoted to Vice President of Vineyard Operations & Grower Relations
SONOMA, Calif., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery named Marc Cuneo as Vice President of Vineyard Operations, effective January 2006. Son of Sebastiani's CEO, Mary Ann Sebastiani Cuneo, and Chairman, Richard Cuneo, Marc Cuneo has been working at the winery since the 2000 harvest. Executive Vice President of Winery Operations, Paul Bergna, is excited about the announcement. "Marc is devoted to the winery and works very hard; this is a much deserved promotion, and we are all proud of him," Bergna stated when asked about Marc's promotion. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060118/SFW120 ) Marc Cuneo is an integral part of the marketing and winemaking team; the energetic and adventurous 29-year-old is Sebastiani's fourth generation to assume a leadership role within the family-owned winery and a prime motivator behind the company's recent and ongoing shift into premium wines from Sonoma County. "Ever since we scaled-down production and became a single-brand winery focusing only on wines from Sonoma County, we are totally committed to quality and value, and our efforts are being recognized worldwide," states Marc. "Our future success depends on our ability to maintain consistency through our declassification system and deliver great bottles of wine, vintage after vintage." Marc Cuneo grew up playing in the vineyards, working in the tasting room, plucking weeds from beneath the vines. Cuneo received a Bachelors degree in business from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California and studied winemaking and viticulture at UC Davis. After working on the bottling line and in the tasting room at Sebastiani, as well as a sales rep for Southern Wines & Spirits, he joined the family business full time as a crush enologist for the 2000 vintage. Now, as Vice President of Vineyard Operations, Cuneo will take a more active role in managing the family's 700 vineyard acres and working closely with Sebastiani's contract growers to enhance the quality of the grapes. He will continue his sales and marketing role, traveling extensively throughout the country attending wine shows, tastings, hosting seminars and dinners and calling on key accounts. An ardent outdoorsman and triathlete, Cuneo is active in the National Outdoor Leadership Society and regularly pushes his limits in skiing, backpacking, fishing and rock climbing, as well as mountain climbing in the high Sierras. He is also involved in the wine business on his own time, tending 20 acres of his own pinot noir and chardonnay grapes in private plots near Carneros, as well as maintaining memberships in the American Society for Enology and Viticulture, Sonoma County Vintners and the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance. The 102-year-old, family-owned Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery produces approximately 250,000 cases of super- and ultra-premium wine a year with fruit coming exclusively from single vineyards and specific sub-appellations within Sonoma County. Family-owned vines and long-term contract growers in Sonoma Valley, Carneros, Russian River Valley, and Alexander Valley provide the fruit for Sebastiani's four wine tiers: Sonoma County ($13-$17), Appellation Selection ($17-$30), Vineyard Selection ($25) and Proprietary Wine Selection ($30-$75). For information, call 800-888-5532 or visit our website, www.sebastiani.com. Contact: Kelly Conrad 707-933-3232 firstname.lastname@example.org
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