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Stoller Wine Group Announces a National Sales Team Expansion and the Launch of Chemistry Wine

Posted on January 31, 2019

January 31, 2019, Dayton, OR – In a move to further strategic diversification across various price points and distribution models, the Stoller Wine Group announced the launch of its newest brand, Chemistry Wine, and the appointment of three new regional sales managers.

“Chemistry is the first collaboration between the Stoller Family Estate and Chehalem winemaking teams,” said Bill Stoller, owner and founder of the Stoller Wine Group. “As our teams primarily craft estate-grown wines, the Chemistry brand allows for creative exploration of the Willamette Valley AVA and a chance to work with the outstanding quality of fruit grown here.”

Identifying the opportunity to craft wines that reflect the depth and quality for which the Willamette Valley is known, Chemistry allows our winemaking teams to bond over the diverse vineyard sites across the region. Priced in the $14 - $18 range, Chemistry wines are designed for the weekly wine drinker with the belief that everyone should have access to high-quality Willamette Valley wines.

“As our company continues to grow, it’s my pleasure to announce the addition of all-star veterans to our national sales team,” said Gary Mortensen, president of the Stoller Wine Group. “Shannon Berndt, Pat Hiley and Bryan Schoen will join Director of National Brand Cory Davis to help grow our family of brands across the country under the leadership of Bill Hanson.”

Shannon Berndt has 16 years’ experience working for large distributors and suppliers. In her role, Shannon will oversee the Southwest region and national accounts. She currently lives in Austin with her husband, two children, and massive dog, Jack.

Pat Hiley’s 25-year career in the wine industry spans work in retail, restaurant, and distribution. In his role, Pat will oversee the Southeast region. He currently lives in Atlanta with his wife and three children.

Bryan Schoen has 16 years’ experience in wine and spirits, focusing on distribution in the on- and off-premise channels. In his role, Bryan will oversee the Midwest region. He currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife, and two children.

“This is an exciting time for our company,” said Bill Hanson, vice president of national sales. “We have built a great team to drive the growth of our business with a suite of four brands, each based on various price points, appellations, packaging and customer lifestyles.”

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