Hestan Vineyards has hired hospitality veteran Jeff Hayman as tasting room manager to oversee the July opening of the winery’s new tasting room in Yountville. The new tasting room on Washington Street will house the winery’s three limited-production wine labels, as well as a collection of Italian cookware from winery owner Stanley Cheng’s global cookware company.

An Idaho native and “foodie” from an early age, Hayman developed an interest in wine after moving to the Bay Area in his late teens. HIs hobby during his early career in high technology led him to take classes in enology at UC Davis to become a home winemaker.

Deciding to work in the wine industry full-time he took a job as a salesman for Vinifera Wines, and then went on to work with Brehm Vineyards and Lugano Imports. Prior to joining Hestan Vineyards, Heyman was direct-to-consumer manager for Beaulieu Vineyards. In addition to his professional background in wine sales, education and hospitality, Hayman holds a Wind & Spirit Education Trust Level 2 certificate.

The new Yountville tasting room is the first retail outlet for Hestan Vineyards, whose vineyard estate and winemaking facilities are not open to the public. For more information, visit Hestan.com.

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