New General Manager at Becker Vineyards
Becker Vineyards is proud to announce the appointment of Patrick Connelly as General Manager. Patrick will team with the Becker family in leading their venerable Texas Hill Country winery and brand through the next great generation of growth and success. Born and raised in the eastern hills of Napa Valley, Patrick’s career in the wine business has included management of all facets of many of the country’s greatest wineries. He is often quoted as saying “Robert Mondavi taught me the soul of the wine business, then Jess Jackson taught me how to run one like a business”.
Beginning as a teenager working for the Mondavi family and winery, he then managed DtC efforts for Clos Pegase and Pine Ridge Wineries, before becoming General Manager for Jackson Family Wines, heading wineries such as Hartford Family, Lokoya, Cardinale, Matanzas Creek, Verite, Arrowood, Cambria and Byron wineries over an 11-year span. Since then, Patrick has served as either GM or consultant for Penner Ash Wine Cellars in Oregon, Martinelli Winery in Russian River and Quixote Winery in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. In addition to these roles, Patrick served on the steering committee for the Napa Valley Wine Auction for 6 years, as well as providing non-profit consulting for an array of other causes.
“For years, I’ve said that the Becker family reminds me of the Mondavi family in California, innovating and driving not only their own winery, but doing the same for the entire wine industry of their home state,” said Patrick enthusiastically. “I could not imagine a greater honor, nor deployment of my experience, than to partner with this wonderful family for the next great chapter of Becker Vineyards!”
About Becker Vineyards:
Becker Vineyards was planted by Dr. Richard Becker and his late wife Bunny, in 1992, when looking for a historic log cabin to renovate. They were the first to commercially produce Viognier and Malbec in Texas. Sons, Will and Joe, are also active with the company. Last year in 2020, they bottled 109,000 cases of wine. They have 56 acres under grape cultivation and are also the largest purchaser of premium Texas grapes in the state of Texas.