Napa, CA (April 21, 2015) – Artesa Vineyards & Winery has appointed Susan Sueiro as General Manager. Sueiro joins the Artesa team after more than ten years at Vineburg Wine Company in Sonoma, most recently as Vice President responsible for strategic planning, marketing, direct sales and operations for sixth-generation winery Gundlach Bundschu and Bartholomew Park. Prior to joining Vineburg, Sueiro served as Director of Marketing Communications for Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, responsible for marketing strategy, internet development and consumer loyalty programming.
“The Codorníu Raventós family is committed to making Artesa synonymous with the highest expression of Carneros-Napa Valley terroir. Susan’s experience working with authentic, family-owned estates will be a tremendous asset as we continue to reach new audiences with the Artesa story,” states Arthur O’Connor, President, Artesa Vineyards & Winery and Director of Winemaking for Bodegas y Viñedos Codorníu Raventós. “Susan will help us grow Artesa’s quality reputation with consumers both on a national scale and in wine country, where we pride ourselves on the excellence of our hospitality and tasting room experience.”
Sueiro is of Spanish descent and adds: “Artesa is an extraordinary estate with a profound legacy and tremendous potential, and my goal is to bring customers wines and experiences that fulfill that obligation. I am thrilled to come in at such an exciting time in Artesa’s evolution and to be able to connect my passion for California wines with my Spanish roots.”
Artesa Vineyards & Winery dates back to the 1980s, when the historic Spanish winemaking family Codorníu Raventós began to acquire and develop vineyard land in the Carneros region of Napa Valley. Opened in 1991 as Codorníu Napa, a sparkling wine house, the winery ultimately transitioned to producing still wines as successive vintages revealed the quality and potential of the family’s vineyard holdings. The winery was renamed Artesa – Catalan for “handcrafted” – in 1997, and has since become a leading producer of artisan wines from Carneros and Napa Valley. Codorníu Raventós is still family-owned and is the oldest company in Spain with a winemaking legacy in the Penedés region near Barcelona that dates back to 1551. Today, Codorníu Raventós owns wineries in Spain, Argentina and California, and brings generations of expertise to Artesa.
About Artesa Vineyards & Winery
Artesa Vineyards & Winery sits high on a hilltop overlooking the renowned appellation of Carneros in southern Napa Valley. The winery’s roots date back to the 1980’s when the Raventós family, heirs of the Spanish winemaking dynasty Codorníu, began acquiring land in Napa Valley. In 1997 it was named Artesa, from the Catalan word for handcrafted. Today, Artesa focuses on producing small lots of the varietals for which Carneros and the Napa Valley are best known and aims to capture the essence of terroir through exceptional winemaking. Artesa hosts thousands of visitors each year in their artfully-designed tasting room, and offers over twenty wines for direct purchase from the winery. Artesa wines are nationally represented by Aveníu Brands, Baltimore, MD, a division of Codorníu Raventós.