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Stasi Seay Joins Hope Family Wines, Director of Vineyards

Posted on February 02, 2019

January 29, 2019 (Paso Robles, Calif.) - Paso Robles producer, Hope Family Wines, has appointed Stasi Seay to Director of Vineyards where she will lead the company’s grower relations, control the company’s grape acquisitions and maintain quality for the entire Hope Family Wines portfolio.

Seay’s extensive experience in the wine business has been a life-long journey that began on the Central Coast. Seay grew up in the Paso Robles region and pursued her formal education locally at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Her professional career includes Senior Grower Relations Manager for Diageo/Treasury Wine Estates and most recently owning a vineyard consulting business where she guided wineries throughout the Central Coast on improving vineyard management and quality craftsmanship. All of which have contributed to an exceptional career in vineyard management. “I have collaborated with some of the best winemakers and growers in California,” Seay said. “Building strong relationships between growers and wineries is important to me. Finding a ‘win’ for each while creating great partnerships is my specialty. I’m extremely excited to be working with such an iconic Paso Robles winery and am especially excited to be working in my hometown and favorite wine region!”

Over the past 25 years, Seay has served on PRWCA, Vineyard Team, Unified Symposium, CALF, and she is an alumna of the California Agricultural Leadership Program all of which have developed her incredible knowledge of the wine industry from grape to glass.

Director of Winemaking, Jason Diefenderfer said, “After working with Stasi for the past two years, her knowledge and experience has continued to propel the quality of wines produced at the winery. The whole winemaking team welcomes Stasi to the team.”

Rooted in a vision to grow grapes and promote Paso Robles as a premium Cabernet producing region, Hope Family Wines crafts a variety of offerings that reflect the unique terrain and truest expression of the exceptional environmental assets of Paso Robles. It is the producer of Austin Hope, Quest, Treana, Liberty School and Troublemaker wines.

The Hope family arrived in Paso Robles in 1978, embarking on a new adventure in the early days of the California wine industry. Chuck Hope pursued his dream of making Paso Robles a world-class wine region by planting grape vines and becoming one of the region’s largest growers of Cabernet Sauvignon by the late 1980s. He also worked to put Paso on the California wine region map – literally – playing a key role in the establishment of the Paso Robles AVA in 1983.

Chuck’s son Austin followed in his father’s footsteps, pursuing a life in the wine industry and leading the family’s transition from growing grapes to making wine. The Hopes initially produced Liberty School and Treana from their winery in Paso Robles and have created new offerings over the years – many of which have received 90+ scores from such publications as Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. For the Hope family, what is most gratifying is continuing to work toward their vision – to make wines that reflect all that Paso has to offer and inspire people to be as passionate about the region as they are.

Region: Central Coast
Job Function: Vineyard Management/Viticulture

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