Miljenko “Mike” Grgich is retiring as president of Grgich Hills Estate Winery and handing the leadership role at the 40-year-old Napa Valley winery to his daughter Violet, said a news release.
“It’s time,” the 94-year-old Grgich said at an October board meeting. "I know that my dream is in good hands."
“I know it’s hard to let go," said Violet Grgich. "This winery is his love and his life’s work.”
However, “I’m excited." Growing the Grgich legacy for future generations "is an honor and a joy," she said. "I feel I’m ready.”
She added that her father will continue his involvement as adviser and winemaker emeritus at the winery he co-founded with Austin Hills in 1977.
Ivo Jeramaz, vice president, continues to lead the winery’s winemaking and estate vineyard program.
A native of Napa, Violet Grgich grew up helping her winemaker father. At UC Davis, she majored in music but added enology, biology, and chemistry classes to her schedule. After earning a master’s degree in music at Indiana University, she returned to Grgich Hills to work full-time, eventually becoming vice-president of sales and operations.