Miner Family Winery has restructured, appointing winemaker Gary Brookman as general manager and director of winemaking, and promoting Stacy Vogel to winemaker.
Owner Dave Miner orchestrated this shift to better serve the growing winery and brand, as well as recognize the talents of two of his key staff members.
After 17 years as winemaker and more than three decades in winemaking, Brookman will now be heading the day-to-day business operations while continuing to oversee the winemaking style. “Gary has a long history with the winery and strong organizational and leadership skills and will continue to promote the family values that we have established here at Miner Family Winery,” noted the winery owner. “He’s been an essential part of Miner’s growth, as well as a good friend. Gary was my obvious choice.”
With a master’s degree in viticulture and enology from UC Davis, as well as experience making wines abroad, Vogel, 36, has been with Miner, as second in command on the winemaking team, for six harvests. Both Miner and Brookman feel she is more than ready to take over and will maintain Miner’s winemaking philosophy while continuing to build upon and elevating the wine’s style.
Miner Family Winery is a family-owned winery tucked into the eastern hills of the Oakville appellation. Founded in 1998 by Dave and Emily Miner, the winery’s expansive wine portfolio “has been built by, and is defined through, selecting premier vineyards sites and crafting wines in a style to encapsulate the distinctive elements and the indelible fingerprints of their terroir,” according to Miner.