Robert Cooley Joins Benovia as VP of Sales & Marketing
SANTA ROSA, CA (APRIL 13, 2011) - Benovia Winery has tapped wine
business veteran Robert "Bob" Cooley to head up the sales and
marketing of Benovia's handcrafted Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and
Zinfandel wines, according to Benovia Co-owner, Winemaker and
General Manager Mike Sullivan.
Mr. Cooley had held the same position at Landmark Vineyards,
working with Mike and Mary Colhoun in nearby Kenwood, CA, for 18
years until the winery was sold in August last year. Mr. Cooley is
also a managing partner of Grape Ventures LLC, a 20-acre chardonnay
vineyard in Potter Valley.
Mr. Cooley is a sixth-generation Californian who took summers
off from his agriculture studies at California Polytechnic State
University/San Luis Obispo in the 1970s to help out at the family's
winery, Hacienda Wine Cellars in the Sonoma Valley. The part-time
work became a full-time position after Mr. Cooley was graduated
from Cal Poly.
"Bob was practically born into the wine business so he knows
every aspect of it inside and out," says Benovia's Mike Sullivan.
"He's built national and international networks of wine
distributors and has an exceptional record of growing sales and
building key relationships. It's been a pleasure working with Bob
as a consultant to us for the past few months. Now we're looking
forward to all the great things he'll have a hand in here at the
winery as an official member of the Benovia family."
Mr. Cooley brings decades of experience in the wine business to
Benovia, having handled such varied tasks as managing sales and
distribution, developing second wine labels, sitting on tasting
panels, working in wine production, and even representing Pinot
Noir growers at expos in the U.S. as well as Europe.
At Benovia, Mr. Cooley will be responsible for expanding the
distribution of Benovia Wines to fine restaurants and other
resellers, as well as overseeing Benovia's highly successful direct
to consumer sales efforts.
"Benovia is an exceptional winery with a very talented winemaker
that has a lot of growth potential ahead of it," says Mr. Cooley.
"Joe Anderson and Mary Dewane (Benovia's patrons) fully committed
themselves to developing new vineyards in a world-class location
that are now paying off with grapes for some truly outstanding
estate wines. Our focus moving forward is to really hone in on our
niche and own it, promote Benovia Wines' extraordinary quality, and
methodically expand Benovia's distribution so many more customers
can be introduced to these fantastic wines."
Mr. Cooley lives with his wife and five children in Penngrove,
CA, at the foot of Sonoma Mountain. While Mr. Cooley enjoys fishing
and trap shooting in his spare time, the hobby he is most
passionate about is raising, riding and showing cutting horses, a
sport he has participated in since childhood, with a number of
world champion awards to his credit.
Founded by husband and wife team Joe Anderson and Mary Dewane,
and joined by winemaker partner Mike Sullivan, Benovia Winery farms
more than 72 acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel from
estate vineyards in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma County. The
name of the winery is derived from Joe and Mary's fathers' names,
Novian Anderson and Ben Dewane. Established in 2005, Benovia's
mission is to create iconic and thought-provoking "Grand Cru
quality" Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel handcrafted wines.
Benovia wines are sold through an allocation system direct to
customers, as well as distributed to select restaurants nationwide.
Total production for the current release (2010 vintage) is
approximately 4,000 cases. Winery tastings and tours are available
daily by appointment only. Benovia Winery, 3339 Hartman Road, Santa
Rosa, CA 95401. (707) 526-4441. www.BenoviaWinery.com
Mike Sullivan (707) 526-4441