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Benovia Winery Welcomes Christopher Kangas

Accomplished Vineyard Manager Brings over 28 years of Experience

Santa Rosa, CA (July 7, 2009) - Benovia Winery, a producer of top quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay based in the Russian River Valley, has hired vineyard expert Christopher Kangas to run the winery's vineyard operations. As Vineyard Manager, Mr. Kangas will be responsible for the development and maintenance of the 60.5 acres of estate vineyards.

"I'm looking forward to working with the Benovia team," said Kangas. "At Benovia, there is a real attention to detail in both grape growing and wine making. They have the resources necessary to do things in the vineyard that others aren't prepared to commit to. At Benovia, quality winemaking is the number one goal. That is a goal I can get behind."

Born and raised in Sonoma County, Mr. Kangas has spent his career walking some of California's best vineyards. He follows a philosophy of sustainable vineyard practices, taking into consideration the environmental impact, community relationships, and economic viability of the vineyards he tends.

"With recent vineyard acquisitions and the current growth we are experiencing, we need someone dedicated to helping us maintain the quality of fruit we need to make Benovia wines," said Mike Sullivan, Winemaker and co-owner. "I have been working with Chris over the past few years and have come to respect his talent in the vineyards. He is the perfect addition to the Benovia winemaking family."

Prior to joining the Benovia team, Mr. Kangas worked for Bowland Vineyard Management, a company that counts Benovia as a client and manages over 400 acres of vineyards. In his role there, he oversaw a wide range of viticultural practices and worked closely with individual winemakers to grow the highest quality grapes possible.

Previous to Bowland Vineyard Management, he held Vineyard Manager or Supervisor positions at Feeney's Russian River Valley Vineyards and DeLoach Ranches/Sweet Water Land and Cattle Company where he spent 21 years.

Mr. Kangas lives with his wife and two sons in Sebastapol, California.

About Benovia Winery
Founded by husband and wife team, Joe Anderson and Mary Dewane, and winemaker partner Mike Sullivan, Benovia Winery farms 60.5 acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel from estate vineyards in the Russian River Valley. In addition, the winery purchases fruit from four of the most noted vineyards in Sonoma County, including Martinelli, Savoy, Dutton, and Peterson. The name of the winery is derived from the owners' fathers' names, Novian Anderson and Ben Dewane.  For more information, interested parties may visit the website at or call (707) 526-4441.


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