Michael W. Brown has been appointed Director of National Sales for the Thornhill Companies. Brown will manage a small portfolio of wines for the Miller Family, owners of Thornhill Companies. Those brands include the Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills Vineyards brands; two artisanal brands helmed by Winemaker Trey Fletcher. Both of these brands focus primarily on the fruit of two of the most iconic vineyards on the Central Coast; Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills, both located in the Santa Maria Valley appellation of Santa Barbara County.
Brown will also oversee sales for J. Wilkes, an historic Santa Maria Valley-based brand that was recently purchased by the Miller Family. This brand is helmed by Vidal Perez and produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc from some of the most coveted vineyard sites in this appellation.
In addition to these Santa Maria-centric brands, Brown will also oversee sales for the Ballard Lane brand; an exclusively on-premise brand of competitively priced wines that find their provenance in some of the best vineyards along the Central Coast appellation. Ballard Lane winemaker Chris Brown also helms winemaking for the Smashberry brand.
Previous to this appointment, Brown was Director of Sales for Kenneth Volk Vineyards. He has also held sales positions at Girard Winery and with Wilson Daniels.
Of his new appointment, Brown says, “I am very excited to have the opportunity to help build these exciting brands and am looking forward to working with our distributors to enhance our partnerships. These wineries and vineyards are poised for tremendous growth and I am happy to be a part of this dynamic team.”
Brown joins the Thornhill Companies sales team of Anthony Bozzano (Bulk Wine and Private Label Manager and Bulk Wine Acquisitions) and Michael Brughelli (Fresh fruit sales, Winery Services and Fruit Acquisitions).