St. Supéry Vineyards & Winery Announces Retirement of Its First and Only Chief Executive Officer Michaela Rodeno

Rodeno Remains Only Non-Family Member on Board of Directors

RUTHERFORD, Calif.--()--Beginning June 1, 2009, St. Supéry’s first and only Chief Executive Officer Michaela Rodeno will transition the title to President Emma Swain, who joined the winery in March as part of this succession plan. Swain will assume responsibility for vineyard and winery activities as well for SFWAmericas, the winery’s import division focused on the Skalli family’s wines from the South of France. Rodeno will remain the only non-family member of the board of directors and will do U.S. and international ambassador travel for St Supéry (www.stsupery.com) and SFWAmericas (www.sfwamericas.com).

“Over the past two decades, Michaela has worked to bring our family’s dream of making great wine in the Napa Valley to fruition,” said founder and chairman Robert Skalli at a recent celebration of the winery’s 20th anniversary. “She has developed St. Supéry into a highly respected winery focused on Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Bordeaux blends that are made from 100 percent estate fruit. My family and I are proud that our estate Sauvignon Blanc is acknowledged as the leader among our peers.”

“Having shepherded St. Supéry from its infancy to a Wine & Spirits ‘Winery of the Year,’ I am able to hand over the winery knowing that we have built a strong foundation. With St. Supéry’s excellent team and her energy and smarts, Emma will have the privilege of leading the winery to its full potential,” said Rodeno. “For myself, I am pleased to continue in my roles as a director and occasional traveling ambassador because I share the vision the Skalli family has for the future.”

Robert Skalli is putting St. Supéry in capable hands. Swain brings a strong background in strategy, sales, marketing, finance, operations and export to her new position from 17 years of experience at Sebastiani Vineyards, a venerable Sonoma producer she helped restructure as a super-premium winery, and Niebaum-Coppola. She is a CPA and worked for Arthur Andersen after graduating in Agricultural Economics from U.C. Davis. “Emma is a high energy, bright, experienced and very successful wine executive who, I am confident, will take St. Supéry to even greater heights,” said Robert.

St. Supéry Vineyards & Winery opened its doors to the public 20 years ago with the first releases of 1987 Cabernet Sauvignon and 1988 Sauvignon Blanc, two wines central to the winery’s success today. Unusual for a Napa winery, St. Supéry now produces more Sauvignon Blanc than any other wine, and is credited with having created a vibrant, crisp, complex style that was an immediate hit. In 1997, the winery launched its first special selection wines with the 1994 red Meritage and 1996 white Meritage. The red Meritage would later be renamed Élu, French for ‘elected,’ and the white Meritage became Virtú, Italian for extraordinary artistic merit. Over the past twenty years, the wines have garnered numerous accolades and awards, including Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon both in the Wine Spectator Top 100.

After its inauguration in 1989, the winery quickly became known for its educational visitor experience, which includes the interactive “Smell-a-vision,” a first-of-its-kind sensory evaluation experience still creating a memorable experience for visitors from around the world. Today, St. Supery has one of the most successful wine clubs in the country. It is also regarded as among the best places to work in the wine industry.

About St. Supéry Vineyards & Winery

St. Supéry Vineyards & Winery is located in Rutherford, California in the heart of the famed Napa Valley. Today among Napa Valley’s few estate wineries, with two prime vineyards totaling 510 acres and a state-of-the-art production facility, St. Supéry’s first vines were planted in 1982 by Paris-based Robert Skalli. In addition to St. Supéry, the Skalli family owns three wineries in the South of France: Les Vins Skalli, considered a driving force behind the quality revolution in the Languedoc, Côteaux de Diana in Corsica, and Maison Bouachon in Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe; Skalli also has a partnership in Provence to produce dry AOC rosé under the Robert Skalli label. St. Supery imports the Skalli family’s French wines through its SFWAmericas division.

St. Supéry Napa Valley is highly regarded for its award-winning Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, meritage blends Élu and Virtú, and the single-vineyard Limited Edition Dollarhide wines. Wine lovers come from far and wide to experience St. Supéry’s outstanding visitor program, and the winery has three thriving wine clubs. To learn more about St. Supéry, visit www.stsupery.com email us at divinecab@stsupery.com or call 1-800-942-0810.

Contacts

Benson Marketing Group
Sarah Jones, 707-254-1114
jones@bensonmarketing.com
or
St. Supéry Vineyards & Winery
Michaela Rodeno, 707-963-4564
Michaela@stsupery.com

Contacts

Benson Marketing Group
Sarah Jones, 707-254-1114
jones@bensonmarketing.com
or
St. Supéry Vineyards & Winery
Michaela Rodeno, 707-963-4564
Michaela@stsupery.com