December 18, 2017 (Ukiah, CA) – Mendocino Wine Company (MWC), owners of Parducci Wine Cellars, Mendocino’s longest running winery, has announced hiring Greg Winter to join the winemaking team as Director of Winemaking.
Greg Winter will join Head Winemaker Bob Swain in crafting award winning wines including national brands Parducci, True Grit, Paul Dolan Vineyards, Moniker Wine Estates, ZinPhomaniac and Sketchbook.
Greg earned his bachelor’s degree with highest honors in Viticulture and Enology at University of California, Davis. Greg will join MWC with nearly 20 years of experience, having worked as a winemaker at R.H. Phillips, Valley of the Moon and most recently as the Director of Winemaking at Hogue Cellars.
Bob Swain, who has been at the helm of Parducci Wine Cellars for the last 20 years (13 as head winemaker for MWC), will retire at the end of 2018. Bob assumed the role of Head Winemaker in 1997 and has spent the last 20 years improving the quality of the venerable Parducci brand. From improved winemaking practices, to returning Parducci to an all Mendocino Couny appellation, Bob Swain has given new life to this now 85 year old brand. Multiple 90+ point scores on recent vintages are only the latest markers of his positive impact.
“We’re excited to have Greg join us at Mendocino Wine Company”, states Bob Swain. “Greg’s experience and skills are a perfect match for our winery today and for where we want to take this operation in the future. I look forward to spending the next year working with Greg while he gets familiar with our unique winery, cellar crew and community as I prepare to formally hand off all winemaking operations and retire at the end of 2018.”
“I am thrilled to work with Bob over the next year”, states Greg Winter, “I am really looking forward to extracting as much wisdom and local knowledge as I can from Bob, as I prepare to take on winemaking for these great brands.”
About Mendocino Wine Company: www.mendocinowineco.com
Mendocino Wine Company is owned and operated by the Thornhill family and based in Ukiah, California. The Thornhill family continues the tradition of making award-winning wines using sustainable wine growing and land use practices. MWC has created an example for how to leave the world a little better than we found it. In recognition of their leadership, the State of California three times (2007, 2009 & 2014) awarded Parducci® Wine Cellars with the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), California’s highest environmental honor.