Kelseyville, CA (November 1, 2017) —Today, the Lake County Winery Association announced the hiring of Maria Brunn as Executive Director for the regional trade association. Brunn comes to this position from Sonoma County Vintners where she managed operations and finances for the nonprofit trade association with 250 winery members. As Business Operations Manager, Brunn not only managed all legal and financial reporting, HR, and IT needs, but also was an integral part of the Sonoma County Barrel Auction team and traveled nationally and internationally to promote Sonoma County wines.
Prior to her role at Sonoma County Vintners, Brunn worked in marketing and operations at the wine industry trade publication, Wines & Vines. She built responsive websites for the company’s trade events, created widely distributed newsletters and represented the company at wine industry conferences. A native of Northern California’s wine country, Brunn earned a B.A. in History from Sonoma State University. She also completed the U.C. Davis Wine Executive Program in 2015 and is sitting for the WSET 3 exam this coming year.
“I am so excited to have this opportunity,” Brunn says. “Lake County is perfectly positioned for growth in this market. With over 9,400 acres planted to winegrapes, the volcanic soil and high elevation vineyards have led to wines of character and distinction and I am looking forward to elevating the profile of Lake County’s outstanding wines and this beautiful region.”
About Lake County Winery Association
The Lake County Winery Association is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 by a dozen wineries. Today, LCWA serves over 40 vintners and associate members who share a mission to promote awareness of Lake County’s excellent wine industry, high elevation wines and tourism opportunities. Through partnerships with the County of Lake, the Lake County Winegrape Commission and other organizations, LCWA strives to promote the County’s unique and distinct rural attributes—our lake, our mountain, our air, and our land. LCWA is committed to sustainable farming and winery operation practices and is committed to our community and its members. To learn more about LCWA, visit www.lakecountywineries.org or email [email protected]