On Monday, August 13th 2012, Jessica Link was named President of the Robert Young Estate Winery. Ms. Link’s professional career includes prior positions with Sonoma-Cutrer and Beringer Vineyards, as well as Controller of the Robert Young entities since 2007. Her new position as President of the winery will expand her role as she continues to work for Jim Young, CEO.
The Young’s have farmed their 500 acre ranch in Alexander Valley since 1858. The family raised cattle, grew wheat and harvested prunes through the years. In 1963, Robert Young planted the first Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in Alexander Valley. He planted his first Chardonnay grapes in 1967 and throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s he and his son, Jim, worked to develop and register the Robert Young Clone 17 Chardonnay. His son, Fred Young was the driving force to expand the family businesses by building a winery. In 1997, the Young family began making wine, using only a small portion of their vineyards and continue to farm the rest for a variety of other wineries. Today, they produce 7,000 cases annually under the Robert Young Estate Winery label. Robert passed away in 2009 and his four children, JoAnn, Susan, Jim and Fred continue to run their family businesses including the winery, vineyards and estate.
Under the leadership and guidance of Ms. Link, the Youngs’ family business will continue to produce limited quantities of estate wine and expand the opportunities for visitors to enjoy their historical ranch. Her extensive experience, knowledge and enthusiasm have led to a quick and smooth transition. She brings a new, exciting energy to the existing team.