March 23, 2021 Livermore CA—Wente Family Estates, America’s longest, continuously family owned and operated winery, announces key promotions for executives across the Sales and Marketing Organization.
David Enderle has been appointed the role of Chief Sales Officer, where he will lead the Domestic, Export, and National Accounts sales teams, and serve as a member of the eight-person Senior Leadership Team. Enderle joined Wente Family Estates in May 2015 as Vice President National Accounts Off Premise and most recently has served as Senior Vice President National Accounts supporting the On and Off Premise businesses. During his time at Wente Family Estates, Enderle and the National Accounts team have worked in partnership with the sales divisions, wholesaler network, and internal functional leaders to support significant growth of Wente Family Estate brands with key national customers. The resulting impact of this growth has been critical in driving brand health as measured by Nielsen and IRI syndicated data, further reinforcing a foundation for future growth. Prior to joining Wente Family Estates, he held leadership roles at Constellation Brands in National Account sales management, building on his time spend at Johnson Brothers, Safeway, and Romano Brothers. Newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Tyson Overton, says “Dave has demonstrated strong leadership skills and helped drive several key strategic initiatives during his time at Wente Family Estates. We look forward to him leading the team to expand our footprint in domestic and international businesses.”
Succeeding David as Senior Vice President of National Accounts, responsible for On and Off Premise national account business, is Chris McCallister. He has most recently been serving as Vice president National Accounts, focusing his time growing the Wente Family Estates portfolio of brands in the Off Premise channel with some of the largest clients in the United States. McCallister joined Wente Family Estates in 2017 following his time serving as the national representative for Schmitt Söhne. Chris’s prior industry experience includes working in sales and category management at Glazer’s Distributors and E. & J. Gallo Winery. David Enderle, Chief Sales Officer states, “Chris’s relationships within the industry at all tiers, and his ability to create and lead innovative, data driven solutions make him an exceptional leader and will serve Wente Family Estates well with him in a lead role.”
In the marketing organization, Aly Wente, has been promoted to Vice President of Marketing and Customer Experience. In this expanded role, she will continue to oversee the total portfolio marketing strategy while bringing the hospitality business into her purview. The hospitality business includes the Wente Vineyards Tasting Lounge, Murrieta’s Well tasting room, The Grill at Wente Vineyards, events, and experiences. She will report directly into Tyson Overton, Chief Executive Officer, and serve as a key member of the Senior Leadership Team. “Aly has played a significant role in supporting the growth and success of the wholesale, DTC, and customer experience businesses while leading the marketing organization. We believe that aligning marketing and hospitality will allow for a stronger connection to the consumer at all brand touchpoints,” says Overton. Aly joined Wente Family Estate as Senior Brand Manager in 2019 after serving in brand marketing management roles at Constellation Brands. She has most recently been operating as Director of Marketing since July of 2020.
About Wente Family Estates
Wente Family Estates was established by Carl H. Wente who came to California as an immigrant 138 years ago. The company portfolio includes Wente Vineyards, Murrieta’s Well, Hayes Ranch, Ravel & Stitch, entwine, Angels Ink, Unsullied, and Double Decker brands. The winery draws from certified sustainable estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay, and Arroyo Seco, Monterey appellations to create an outstanding array of fine wines distributed in all 50 states and over 70 countries worldwide. In 2010, it joined the top 5% of California wineries that meet all three tiers within the Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing codes & designation. In 2011, Wente Family Estates was named American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast. 2012 marked the 100th anniversary of the Wente family bringing Chardonnay cuttings to California from France. Today, the Wente clones of Chardonnay are the most widely planted in California.
Wente Family Estates is among the top 30 wineries in the United States from the standpoint of production and distribution. The winery has a brisk domestic business and a significant share of the export wine market, where the wines have enjoyed international acclaim for decades. Wente Family Estates is also a leading export company, selling wines to 75 countries globally.
Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California’s premier wine country destinations. In 2018, the winery took a leadership role in its longstanding mission to inspire employees and guests to make time for what really matters, as realized through Wente Vineyards’ best practices, outstanding wines, and wine country experiences. For more information, visit www.wentevineyards.com.