Veteran global wine production executive will lead all winemaking, vineyard and operations functions for the company
WOODINVILLE, Wash. (November 10, 2020) – Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, the largest wine company in the Pacific Northwest and the third-largest premium wine company in the U.S., has appointed Dr. Stuart McNab to the newly-created position of Chief Supply Officer.
In this role McNab will lead all winemaking, vineyard and operations functions for the company and will report directly to President and Chief Executive Officer David Dearie.
“I am delighted to have secured someone of Stuart’s skill and experience to join our leadership team,” said Dearie. “Having previously worked with Stuart, I know first-hand that his extensive experience in leading wine operations will assist in delivering our long-term sustainable growth agenda.”
McNab previously served as Chief Supply Officer for Treasury Wine Estates. Prior to that he held similar leadership positions with Fosters Group and Southcorp Wines.
“I am thrilled to be joining a company with such a rich heritage and a well-deserved reputation for producing extraordinary wines across diverse regions,” said McNab. “I am particularly looking forward to joining the Washington and Oregon wine industries, as I believe there remains tremendous potential for both regions, and to reconnecting with the California wine industry, as well.”
McNab has more than 25 years’ experience in global wine supply chain and operational leadership roles. He has also served in leadership roles with several wine associations including the Winemakers Federation of Australia, the Australian Wine Research Institute and the South Australian Wine Industry Association.
McNab earned a bachelor’s degree and a doctoral degree in agricultural science, both from the University of Melbourne.
McNab began in his new role on November 10 and will relocate to Washington from Australia.
About Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates is the third-largest premium winery in the United States and the largest winery in the Pacific Northwest. With a distinguished history that dates to 1934, the winery now farms more than 30,000 acres across Washington, Oregon, and California and distributes its wines in over 100 countries. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates pioneered vinifera winegrowing in Washington and remains the driving force behind viticulture and enology research in the state, including the establishment of the Washington State University viticulture and enology program and the construction of the university’s research and teaching winery, now named the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center.
The Ste. Michelle Wine Estates portfolio includes Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14 Hands, Columbia Crest, Intrinsic, Erath, Patz & Hall, Borne of Fire, Northstar, and Spring Valley Vineyard, along with several other premium brands. The winery also has partnerships with Marchesi Antinori (Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and Col Solare), Dr. Loosen (Eroica), and Michel Gassier and Philippe Cambie (Tenet). Ste. Michelle Wine Estates serves as the exclusive U.S. importer for Marchesi Antinori, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, and Villa Maria. For more information, please visit www.smwe.com.