Oak Ridge Winery Welcomes New VP of National Sales & Promotes Winemaker
Lodi, Calif.—Oak Ridge Winery today announced Michael Onslager as the company’s new Vice President of National Sales and a promotion of Noel Basso to Director of Winemaking as the winery positions itself for future expansion and growth.
Michael Onslager, Oak Ridge Winery Vice President of National Sales
Michael comes to Oak Ridge continuing an extensive and successful career in both the wholesale and supplier tiers. He has spent the last twenty-one years in Vice President roles directing sales most recently for Napa Valley’s Rutherford Wine Company along with Australia’s Accolade Wines, C. Mondavi & Sons and F.P. Winner Distributing in Maryland. He started his supplier career with Joseph E. Seagram & Sons in management roles with both Seagram Classics and Chateau & Estates and credits that organization and its leaders for igniting his interest in wine. His passion is building sales teams and brands and developing future leaders.
Noel Basso, Oak Ridge Winery Director of Winemaking
Winemaker, Noel Basso, was also promoted to Director of Winemaking where he will oversee all winemaking and bottling procedures at the winery. Basso believes that winemaking is an ongoing balancing act and strives to create wines that will honor the Maggio family’s farming roots and are the ultimate expression of the Lodi Appellation.
Noel’s passion for wine began at CSU Fresno where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition with an emphasis on Wine Production. Most recently from The Wine Group, Noel was excited to have a more hand on approach at a family owned operation.
“Noel’s knowledge from the vineyard to the cellar has helped set new benchmarks for quality at Oak Ridge” said Bryan Casity, Production Manager at Oak Ridge Winery.
About Oak Ridge Winery
Oak Ridge Winery is a family-owned and operated winery located in Lodi, CA. The winery is owned by the Maggio and Reynolds families who purchased and renamed the cooperative in 2002. After the family purchased the facility, they began modernizing and transformed it into a state-of-the-art production house that produces OZV, Old Soul, Moss Roxx, Blazon and Maggio Family Vineyards. That said, the company is more than just bricks, mortar, tanks and barrels. All products that leave the gates are crafted with the knowledge and experience needed to create enjoyable wines from vineyard to bottle.