About VWE
Vintage Wine Estates Winemakers

Marco DiGiulio | Anthony Austin | Glenn Hugo | Zachary Long | Nancy Walker | Michael Westrick

Marco DiGiulio

Marco DiGiulio graduated with a degree in Fermentation Science from the University of California at Davis in 1985. After two years at Buena Vista Winery, he worked as Cellar Master at Pine Ridge Winery for more than four years. Marco next served as the Production Manager for Atlas Peak Vineyards, followed by his 1994 appointment as Winemaker for Pezzi King Vineyards. Just before the 1995 harvest, Marco became the Winemaker at Pepi Winery in Oakville. While making Pepi Wines, he also took charge of the Lokoya brand. It was at Lokoya that Marco’s reputation for making world-class Cabernet Sauvignon was first established when his 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon received a remarkable 98 points in the Wine Spectator.

Most of Marco’s wines score consistently in the 90’s among top critics, and in November 2007, Wine Spectator named Marco DiGiulio "one of Napa’s leading wine consultants." His wealth of experience and love of winemaking enables him to craft the finest wines from the California mountains and valleys that provide his inspiration.

Marco has guided the winemaking at the highly acclaimed, and Napa Valley focused, Girard Winery since 1999. In addition, he focuses on creating the Sonoma County based high quality Chardonnays, Cabernet Sauvignons and Zinfandels for Vintage Wine Estates.

Anthony Austin

A fourth-generation Sonoma County native, Anthony brings his vast knowledge, incredible artistry and experience to SCV and Windsor Sonoma Winery. By carefully selecting the vineyards and working closely with each grower, Austin obtains ripe, balanced fruit from prime Sonoma County and Extreme Sonoma Coast vineyards. In 2009, Anthony celebrates his 34th vintage as a winemaker.

Born and raised in Healdsburg, California, Anthony studied enology at the University of California, Davis, and continued his studies under the legendary winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff. Serving as a consultant to Brooks Firestone on a project in the Santa Ynez Valley, Tchelistcheff suggested the talented young Austin as the winemaker for Firestone’s new winery. In 1974, Anthony became the first winemaker at Firestone Vineyards in Santa Barbara. During his ten years as winemaker, he helped to elevate Firestone Vineyards and the Santa Barbara region to new heights. Anthony directed winemaking there from inception to 1983.

Anthony sought to focus his talents on Pinot Noir and to this end, he left Firestone (although he continued to serve as a consultant) to start his own winery: Austin Cellars LLC. His Austin Cellars wines won international acclaim and remain highly sought-after collectibles.

In 2001, Anthony was drawn back to Sonoma County and its unique terroir. Anthony utilizes his 10 years of experience in Sonoma County appellations to produce the award winning Pinot Noirs and Sauvignon Blancs for the Vintage Wine Estates family of wineries.

Glenn Hugo

Glenn continues the Girard tradition of terroir-driven and minimalist intervention as the protégé of Marco DiGiulio and Zach Long. He brings a practical artisanal approach to winemaking with a focus on wine as part of the culinary experience.

A native Texan, Glenn developed his passion for wine over 12 years in the restaurant industry while working closely with some of the most successful wineries and wine companies including Beringer, Chateau St. Michelle and Glazer Distributors. He soon realized his dream was to become a winemaker and left for Napa Valley with his wife Pam, in 2003.

Glenn's winemaking experience is concentrated in Napa Valley and includes early assignments with Provenance Vineyards, where he learned from Napa legend Tom Rinaldi, and hands-on experience at smaller, artisan wineries like Sedna Winery and Fleury Winery. As the manager of The Bounty Hunter Wine Bar in downtown Napa, Glenn soon met Marco DiGiulio and continued his dream at Girard starting as a harvest intern at Girard in 2006. As he was cutting his teeth in the cellar he was quickly promoted to Cellar Master then Assistant Winemaker and ultimately Winemaker.

Glenn's philosophy is simple: wine is to be shared with friends and family; it is a living and breathing expression that constantly evolves and instills memories. With this in mind, his focus gives him a keen sense of place within the region, and he is driven to allow Napa Valley shine through in every bottle.

Zachary Long

Winemaker Zach Long brings a wealth of international and domestic winemaking experience to Vintage Wine Estates. A graduate of the University of California at Davis in Viticulture and Enology, Long has experienced winemaking in some of the world’s most acclaimed wine regions including Bordeaux, France, Tauranga, New Zealand, and the Napa Valley. His most recent experience, at Napa Valley’s Girard Winery, allowed him to focus solely on ultra premium red and white wines and to develop his expressive winemaking style, which he describes as "terroir-driven with minimalist intervention."

Zach is now the head winemaker at Kunde Family Estate. "Kunde Family Estate is one of the most unique properties in the Sonoma Valley and the quality of its estate-grown, sustainably farmed fruit is a winemaker’s dream," said Long. "My goal is to not only produce the absolute best terroir-driven wines possible, but to also uphold the legacy of the Kunde family by letting the vineyards speak through each bottle of wine I craft."

Nancy Walker

A California native, Nancy has had the luxury of working as a winemaker in California for years. Based in Mendocino County, Nancy has traveled throughout the region visiting growers from Temecula to Portland and from the Shenandoah Valley of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Through her travels, Nancy has developed an appreciation for the regional and local differences that each unique vineyard produces.

Nancy is a graduate of the University of California at Davis, renowned for winemaking education. Her winemaking career began in 1984, as a cellar worker at McDowell Valley Vineyards. From there, she honed her skills at many prestigious California wineries including Geyser Peak, Dunnewood, Clos du Bois, Brutocao Cellars, and Fetzer Vineyards.

In January of 2001, Nancy came into the Vintage Wine Estates family to work at Windsor Vineyards. Through her hard and dedicated work, Windsor and VWE have been able to grow to the premium caliber of wine that we are known for today.

Michael Westrick

Michael Westrick has created a solid reputation for creating world-class bordelaise and burgundian wines over his 20-plus year winemaking career. Michael’s entry into winemaking came after a distinguished academic career. A love of science and an interest in food microbiology intrigued Mike academically, leading him to the University of Wisconsin at Madison. A ten-year career teaching microbiology at that same university followed his graduate work.

But the academic life was not to be his final calling. His love of food and wine resulted in vacations to Wine Country and it wasn’t long before he realized winemaking was to be his future. In August of 1989, Mike packed up his bags and moved to California with the goal of joining the ranks of winemakers there.

An internship that fall with Hanna Winery, though certainly a challenging vintage, convinced Michael he had made the right decision. The enology and viticulture programs at UC-Davis were next on the agenda, followed by joining Hacienda Winery for a harvest. Michael was hired by Stonestreet Winery as their enologist in 1992, became assistant winemaker in 1994 and was head winemaker for Stonestreet from 1996 to 2004. In 2005 Michael left Sonoma County for Napa County accepting the position of Director of Winemaking for prestigious Sterling Vineyards. Seven years later, Michael returned to Sonoma County and now works at Grove Street Winery, a member of the Vintage Wine Estates family of wineries.

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