Kestrel Vintners announced today that Harry Alhadeff will assume the duties of chief executive officer effective immediately.
Alhadeff previously founded Apex Cellars in 1988 which he sold to Precept Brands in 2009. He has been a Member of Ordre de Mondial des Gourmets Degustateurs, and has served leadership positions in Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs and the Enological Society of the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Alhadeff is Master Knight of Knights of the Vines of America, and past chairman of the Washington State Governor's Task Force on Liquor Policy.
“Harry Alhadeff is assuming a role that I believe is an important step in helping Kestrel to focus on our mission, building our brand and selling our wines,” announced Mike Birdlebough, Kestrel President.
“I am excited to be part of such a great winery and I look forward to working with the team at Kestrel,” stated Alhadeff. The new CEO also announced that Mike Birdlebough has been named President and COO; JJ Compeau, Vice President of Sales; Flint Nelson, Vice President of Winemaking Operations; and Carolina Warwick, Director of Retail Operations.
Kestrel Vintners, located in Prosser, Washington, produces 30,000 cases of premium and reserve wine annually at its 35,000 square foot winery in the Prosser Food and Wine Park. The winery also owns the renowned Kestrel View Estate Vineyard, which overlooks the Yakima Valley from its 1200’ elevation, and consists of some of the oldest vines in Washington.