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Board of Directors / Staff

Our Mission
The Russian River Valley Winegrowers (RRVW) is a community dedicated to promoting the Russian River Valley as the premier region for growing cool climate grapes while producing wines that showcase the diversity of our many neighborhoods. Our farmers and winemakers work in a manner that is environmentally sound, socially equitable and economically viable in order to continue our legacy as good stewards of the land and producers of distinctive wines of exceptional quality, authenticity and integrity.

President – Gio Balistreri, Russian River Vineyards
Winery – 2nd Term: 2016-2018

1st Vice President – Chris Crispo, Bush Crispo Vineyards
Grower – 1st Term: 2015-2017

Nick Frey
2nd Vice President – Nick Frey, Balletto Vineyards
Winery – 2nd Term: 2016-2018

Alex Klein
Treasurer – Alex Klein, American AgCredit
Bank (appointed) – 3rd Term: 2016-2018

Carol Kozlowski-Every, Picture
SecretaryCarol Kozlowski-Every, Kozlowski Farms
Appointed Secretary, Past Board Member

Catherine Bartolomei, Farmhouse Inn
Restauranteur/Resort (Appointed) – 1st Term: 2015-2016

Ryan Decker 2 Jan 2014
Ryan Decker, Rodney Strong Vineyards/Davis Bynum
Grower – 1st Term: 2015-2017

Chris Donatiello
Chris Donatiello, C. Donatiello Winery
Winery – 2nd Term: 2016-2018

Tom Fredericks
Tom Fredericks, Trenton View Vineyard
Grower – 2nd Term: 2015-2017

Alex Kanzler, Kanzler Family Vineyards
Grower- 1st Term: 2017-2019

Summer Jeffus
Summer Jeffus, American Ag Credit
Other – 1st Term: 2015-2017

David Ramey, Ramey Wine Cellars
Winery – 1st Term: 2017-2019

Kenneth Rochford, Kosta Browne & CIRQ.
Winery – 1st Term: 2017-2019

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Jim Sturgeon, La Crema Winery
At-Large, Winery – 1st Term: 2016-2018

Nancy Woods
Nancy Woods, Merriam Vineyards
Winery, At-Large – 1st Term: 2015-2017

RRVW Staff

Wendy Hilberman, Executive Director

Rose L. Johnson-Christian Administrative Assistant
Rose L. Johnson-Christian Administrative Assistant

Past Presidents

Clay Gantz, Gantz Family Vineyards
Rod Berglund, Joseph Swan Vineyards
Randy Luginbill, Silverado Sonoma Vineyards, LLC
John Holdredge, Holdredge Wines
Nick Leras, Leras Vineyards
Steve Dutton, Dutton Brothers Farming & Dutton Ranch
Valerie Wathen, Dutton-Goldfield Winery
Lee Martinelli, Jr, Martinelli Farms
Merry Edwards, Merry Edwards Wines
Ellen Mack, Russian Hill Estate Winery
Bob Cabral, Williams Selyem
Kirk Lokka, Emeritus Vineyards
Hector Bedolla, La Crema Winery