Phantom Creek Estates Announces Santiago Cilley As Chief Executive Officer
Oliver, B.C.—Richter Bai, founder of Phantom Creek Estates, a highly anticipated new winery located on the Black Sage Bench of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, is pleased to announce the appointment of Santiago Cilley as chief executive officer. To celebrate the completion of the winery’s first phase of construction ahead of the 2019 harvest, Phantom Creek Estates will offer a preview Estate Tour and Tasting guided experience by appointment beginning September 1. The winery will complete its second and final phase of construction early next year, with a grand opening scheduled for April 2020.
Amenities include a modern, multi-level hospitality center; an onsite, indoor/outdoor restaurant; and a 500-seat amphitheater for outdoor concerts. Guests will have the opportunity to taste the estate’s acclaimed wines, which celebrate and speak their storied vineyard sites.
“We conducted a lengthy, global search for these key positions. I’m confident Santiago and Francis are the right individuals to build Phantom Creek Estates into a world-class, legacy winery,” said Bai.
Santiago Cilley brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role of chief executive officer at Phantom Creek Estates. He started his wine career working for Jackson Family Wines in California, where he spent nine years spearheading strategic projects in close collaboration with late founder Jess Jackson. After leaving Jackson Family Wines, Santiago relocated to Chile to lead the renaissance of certified sustainable, export-oriented Via Wines. While in South America, Santiago met businessman and wine entrepreneur Alejandro Bulgheroni, who asked him to return to California to be president of Alejandro Bulgheroni Family Vineyards USA. Cilley launched the exclusive Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate in St. Helena, Napa and oversaw Zinfandel pioneer Renwood Winery in the Sierra Nevada Foothills along with other wine related businesses, including Bounty Hunter Rare Wines & Spirits. Santiago holds a Master in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
“Phantom Creek Estates combines heritage vineyard sites with an outstanding winemaking team and a thoughtfully crafted hospitality program,” said Cilley. “We want our guests to discover this special place and taste the dedication and precision that has gone into producing our wines while immersed in an unparalleled experience.”
Located at 4315 Black Sage Road in Oliver, British Columbia, Phantom Creek Estates will be open for preview guided tastings by appointment Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phantom Creek Estate can be reached by visiting www.phantomcreekestates.com