Don Sebastiani & Sons, a family-owned wine company based in Sonoma, California, announced the hiring of Rob McNeill as director of winemaking.
"Rob will be a great addition to our winemaking team as he brings a broad range of experience covering many facets of the wine industry," said Donny Sebastiani, president and chief executive officer of Don & Sons. "We are very lucky to have landed a dynamic and passionate talent like Rob. His depth of expertise in crafting still and sparkling wines will help us continue to improve our Appellation Wines and create award-winning wines that consumers love to enjoy."
Before joining Don Sebastiani & Sons, McNeill worked at Mumm Napa for nearly two decades. Under his leadership, Mumm Napa became the first winery in the U.S. to achieve four international certifications: ISO 9001 for efficiency and quality management, ISO 14001 for environmental management, OHSAS 18001 for health and safety and ISO 22000 for food safety. These management systems enable a culture of consistency and continuous improvement.
This is a newly-created position for the Sonoma Valley-based company. McNeill will be based at Don & Sons' Steelbird Cellars facility in the Napa Valley. There he will oversee a talented team that is led by winemakers Greg Kitchens and Gloria Mercado-Martin. McNeill's singular focus will be to make world class wines.
Throughout his career, McNeill has been responsible for producing a large number of wines, many of which have received high quality ratings in Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Wine & Spirits. In 2010 Brut Prestige received a Top 100 from the Wine Spectator while DVX has consistently received 90+ ratings from these publications.
McNeill earned a Bachelor of Science degree in fermentation science from University of California at Davis. He has served as a member of a number of different organizations including the American Society of Enology and Viticulture, Napa Valley Vintners, Atlas Peak Appellation Association and Mendocino Grape Growers Associations.
About Don Sebastiani & Sons
Don Sebastiani & Sons is a family-owned wine negociant firm specializing in the marketing of upscale varietal wines. Principals Don Sebastiani and sons, Donny and August, are third and fourth generation California vintners and merchants. The company is headquartered in Sonoma Valley, and owns Steelbird Cellars, a winery in the Napa Valley. For more information on Don Sebastiani & Sons and their wines, visit www.donsebastianiandsons.com/.