St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, producer of iconic, award-winning varietals in Sonoma County, announced the addition of a new winemaker and the promotion of several key members of the winery team. Chris Louton, formerly associate winemaker at Napa’s Beringer Vineyards, is St. Francis’ new winemaker, joining winemaker Katie Madigan. Barbora Hawkins is the new tasting room operations manager, Kelley Mingram the new event coordinator, and Erica Petersen is the new senior marketing specialist.
“Our team at St. Francis is a wonderful mix of industry veterans who’ve been with the winery since the beginning, to many new, fresh faces. It’s exciting to watch the next generation of St. Francis take shape—one that remains committed to crafting the finest quality Sonoma County wines, while providing the best service to our winery guests and wine club members,” noted president and CEO Christopher Silva.
As the new tasting room operations manager, Barbora Hawkins will oversee all guest experiences at the winery’s mission-style tasting room, including wine, charcuterie and cheese pairings on the terrace, estate vineyard and garden tours, and signature events such as the “Stars Under the Stars” Outdoor Film Festival, Annual Zinfandel Harvest Barbecue and Annual Blessing of the Animals. Hawkins was previously a wine club manager at Merryvale Winery in Napa.
For more information about St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, visit the winery’s website or call 707-833-0248.