Napa Valley-based Cuvaison Estate Wines has announced the formation of a new in-house sales team responsible for the sales of the Cuvaison and Brandlin Vineyard brands nationwide. Joining the company in newly formed positions are: Carole Klincke, Western Region Sales Manager; Merritt Woodington, Central North Region Sales Manager; John Smylie, Central South Region Sales Manager; Nicole McLean, Northeast Region Sales Manager; Luciano Armellino, Southeast Region Sales Manager; Carrie-Anne Kunkel, Sales Coordinator; and Melody Royval, Staff Accountant. All positions report to Steve Richards, National Sales Manager, who has been with Cuvaison Estate Wines since 2010.
“Having this expertise in house enables us to be more hands on in how we approach the marketplace; it gives us the ability to be more nimble, proactive and flexible,” said Jay Schuppert, President of Cuvaison Estate Wines. “It’s very much in keeping with our “estate winery” philosophy. Controlling product quality from the ground up is what we’re about, and now that philosophy is reflected in our sales strategy as well.”
Prior to joining Cuvaison Estate Wines, Western Region Sales Manager Carole Klincke spent the last 19 years with Caymus Vineyards managing distributors and establishing a successful track record in the western United States. Central North Region Sales Manager Merritt Woodington, who has 25 years of experience in the wine industry managing finance, sales and regional marketing, was most recently with Aveniu Brands in the northern region. Central South Region Sales Manager John Smylie possesses 30 years combined experience in the supplier, wholesale and retail sectors, including ten years with Constellation Wines/Icon Estates. With 16 years of industry experience including distributor management and winery and retail sales, Northeast Region Sales Manager Nicole McLean previously represented two family owned wineries in Paso Robles and Rutherford. With certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers, Southeast Region Sales Manager Luciano Armellino has spent 13 years in the wine industry, including three years in upper management for Southern Wine & Spirits in Florida.
Sales Coordinator Carrie-Anne Kunkel has four years of wine industry experience in direct sales, marketing and hospitality and worked with a vineyard climate analysis firm prior to joining Cuvaison Estate Wines. And Staff Accountant Melody Royval joins the team with six years of experience in bookkeeping, accounting, compliance and inventory management.
“These are seasoned professionals with talent, deep experience and a thorough understanding of the U.S. wine industry,” commented Steve Richards. “We are tremendously pleased to have this level of expertise as we continue to evolve our Cuvaison Estate Wines portfolio.”
About Cuvaison Estate Wines
Established in 1969, Cuvaison Estate Wines specializes in crafting estate-grown wines from Napa Valley under the Cuvaison and Brandlin Vineyard labels. With a focus on vineyard-driven wines that capture the distinct characteristics of their certified sustainable vineyards in Carneros and Mt. Veeder, Cuvaison Estate Wines is dedicated to producing hand-crafted wines of the highest quality for wine lovers seeking authenticity and enjoyment.