Napa Wine Company appoints Russell Joy as General Manager


State-of-the-art custom milling facility is California’s #9 historic winery

russell joyOakville, California, July 7, 2020 — Napa Wine Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Russell Joy as General Manager. Napa Wine Company specializes in custom milling operations, working with clients and winemakers to crush, ferment, blend, age and bottle their wines in the heart of Napa Valley at historic California Bonded Winery #9.

Joy brings more than 30 years of wine industry leadership experience to Napa Wine Company, privately owned by the Pelissa family, which has operated a farm in Napa Valley since 1903. Most recently, as Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer-California for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Joy ran Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Patz & Hall and Conn Creek Wineries. Previously, 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. Additionally, Joy has held positions at Viansa Winery & Italian Marketplace, Sebastiani Vineyards, Allied Domecq (Wine Alliance) and started her career at Touche Ross (now Deloitte) earning her CPA certificate in Rochester, New York.

“Napa Wine Company is a gem in the middle of Napa Valley,” notes Joy. “I am delighted to present the fantastic winery facility, which offers opportunities and potential, particularly in the production of premium red wine for our custom cellar customers. We are privileged to have a respected winemaking team and dedicated family at Napa Wine Company serving our customers.

Originally from western New York, Joy grew up on a family fruit and vegetable farm. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Bonaventure University in New York. Napa Wine Company’s CEO search was led by Traci Moranda, director of the Moranda Search Group, a wine industry executive 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, CA. Napa Wine Company is a family business of the Pelissa family that has operated a farm in the 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 operates 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.


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