Walsh Vineyards Management, Inc. announced today that Russell Weis has joined the organization as president and COO.
Weis will oversee WVM’s management with an emphasis on business development and long-range planning to position WVM for success in an increasingly challenging viticultural, regulatory, and competitive environment.
“Russ brings extensive client experience and a wealth of knowledge of luxury wine and grape farming in diverse AVAs. He knows the needs of our winery clients first-hand. We are excited to have his skills, experience and unique perspective added to our team in addition to adding another level of value for our customers,” said WVM owner Tim Rogers.
Weis has more than 30 years of experience in the global grape and wine industry beginning with his early years working in his family’s vineyards.
Over his career Weis has worked with iconic estates like Beaulieu Vineyards, Inglenook and Opus One. He has served as chairman of the boards of the Stags Leap District and the Napa Valley Vintners.
Most recently he was president of Silverado Vineyards where for 18 years he directed the winery and the estate’s six vineyards. Prior to joining Silverado, Weis was the owner of Melis Cellars in the Priorat region of Spain and was the senior vice president of international business development at Robert Mondavi Winery.
Silverado vineyards was recently acquired by Foley Family Wines.
“As a Walsh Vineyard Management client, I experienced up close the dedication to their craft. The Walsh Vineyard Management team is totally committed to superlative grape growing while providing best-in-class vineyard development and management in the valley. Their industry leadership in sustainable farming has driven their pursuit of technological innovation in environmental measurements and management,” said Weis. “I am honored to be joining their excellent team.”