BNA Wine Group has hired wine industry veteran Mark A. Castaldi as the company’s chief operating officer, with responsibility for full oversight of company operations, fiscal efficiencies, supply chain management, grower relations, grape procurement and other outside vendor contracts.
Castaldi has more than 20 years experience working and consulting in the wine, beverage and food industries. His extensive experience includes serving as COO or general manager for noted California wine companies, including Sonoma Wine Company, Schug Winery, Constellation Wine Company, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates and Beringer Wine Estates.
"Mark is extremely well-connected in the wine industry and his operations experience will be invaluable as we take our young company to the next level," said John Hooper, owner and president of BNA Wine Group LLC. "With Mark onboard we’ll have the solid operational foundation from which to expand our wine portfolio and distribution network."
Butternut Chardonnay, Bandwagon Pinot Noir, Bandwagon Chardonnay, The Rule Cabernet Sauvignon and Volunteer Cabernet Sauvignon. Retail prices for the wines range from $15-$30.
In 2012, Hooper sold Tennessee Wine and Spirits distributing company, which his family founded in 1939, and teamed with Little Lion Wine Company founder and winemaker Tony Leonardini, and industry sales veteran Gary Carr to launch BNA Wine Group. The team has a keen understanding of both sides of the wine business and is dedicated to creating distinctive wines notable for taste and value.
BNA Wine Group is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., but also has offices in St. Helena, Calif., where both Leonardini and Castaldi are based.