Napa Wine Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Russell Joy as its General Manager.  Napa Wine Company specializes in custom crush operations, working with clients and winemakers to crush, ferment, blend, age and bottle their wines in the heart of Napa Valley in historic California Bonded Winery #9.

Joy brings over 30 years of wine industry leadership experience to Napa Wine Company, privately owned by the Pelissa family, who have farmed in Napa Valley since 1903.  Most recently, as Vice President and Director of Strategy-California for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Joy ran Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Patz & Hall, and Conn Creek Wineries. Prior to that, he was President and General Manager of Patz & Hall Wine Company where he led all aspects of the business including the successful sale to Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.  In addition, Joy has held roles with Viansa Winery & Italian Marketplace, Sebastiani Vineyards, Allied Domecq (Wine Alliance), and started his career with Touche Ross (now Deloitte) earning his CPA certificate in Rochester, New York.

“Napa Wine Company is a jewel in the middle of Napa Valley,” notes Joy. “I am excited to showcase the fantastic winery facility, which offers opportunity and potential, especially in premium red wine production for our custom crush winery clients.  We are privileged to have a respected winemaking team and dedicated family at Napa Wine Company servicing our clients.”

A Western New York native, Joy was raised on a family-owned fruits and vegetable farm operation.  He obtained his Bachelors in Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University in New York.  The Napa Wine Company General Manager search was led by Traci Moranda, Principal of The Moranda Search Group, a wine industry Management, and Executive Recruiter.

About Napa Wine Company

Napa Wine Company is Napa Valley’s premier custom winemaking facility located in the heart of the Valley in Oakville, California.   Napa Wine Company is family-owned by the Pelissa family who has been farming in Napa Valley since 1903 and is housed in California’s historic Bonded Winery #9.  Currently run by the fourth and fifth generations, the Pelissa family owns and organically farms 635 acres of prime Napa Valley vineyards, and produces wine under its own labels including Ghost Block Estate Wines, Oakville Winery and Elizabeth Rose.  A tasting room located on the corner of Oakville Cross Road is open by appointment.

One Comment

  1. Diedre

    07/26/2020 at 2:25 PM

    I have old Zinfindel grapes 90 plus listed in historic old send family owned original family
    Grandfather planted 13 acres after arriving from Italy
    What are your suggestions for this market ?
    Looking for a place for their juice
    They are very special –


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