Cline Family Cellars Announces Key Leadership Appointments


Hilary Cline Promoted to Vice President of Marketing and Direct-to-Consumer Sales, Steve Jannicelli Joins Leadership Team as Chief Financial Officer

September 9 – SONOMA, Calif. – Cline Family Cellars, a certified sustainable, family-operated winery and vineyard based in the Carneros wine appellation of Sonoma County, California, is pleased to announce the appointment of Hilary Cline as Vice President of Marketing and direct-to-consumer sales, and the appointment of Steve Jannicelli as Chief Financial Officer. Cline Family Cellars celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

Hilary Cline, in her role as Vice President of Marketing and Direct-to-Consumer Sales, will be responsible for all direct-to-consumer sales and marketing activities for Cline Family Cellars, Jacuzzi Family Vineyards and The Olive Press, including the hospitality, e-commerce, and events.

“As the daughter of Cline Family Cellars founders Fred and Nancy Cline, Hilary feels a deep connection to the family winery and vineyards. She raised it and is committed to supporting her parents’ grassroots work on sustainability efforts and their commitment to social responsibility,” said John Grant, General Manager of Cline Family Cellars. “Hilary’s passion, vision and energy are a good alignment to lead the family business into the future with the same respect for the land and sustainable practices that have been a big part of Fred’s legacy. and Nancy.”

Hilary Cline joined the family business in 2015 as part of the Cline Family Cellars wholesale team and worked for two years in the Northern California and Nevada territories. After gaining external production experience at Pernod Ricard in New Zealand, Mumm Napa and Kenwood Winery in Sonoma, Hilary joined Cline Family Cellars in 2019, as Operations Manager to oversee vineyard planning, inventory forecasting and bottling of the family’s 750 acres of Sonoma County vineyards, alongside the launch of Gust Wines with its sister, Megan, with a small production of chardonnay, pinot noir and syrah offerings from the Cline family’s Petaluma Gap AVA vineyards.

Steve Jannicelli joins Cline Family Cellars as Chief Financial Officer, reporting to John Grant, Managing Director.

In this role, Steve will oversee the finance, IT, administration and human resources departments, located in the company’s basement offices in Sonoma, CA.

“Steve is a seasoned leader who brings over 25 years of business experience, financial acumen and people skills to this key senior leadership position. His focus on team building, insight-driven financial reporting, system optimization and cross-departmental collaboration will greatly enhance Cline’s business,” says John Grant.

“I was attracted to the potential of the business, the caliber of the new management team, the Cline family’s longstanding belief in sustainable agriculture and the assurance that the business would remain in the hands of family under the leadership of the next generation,” says Steve.

Prior to joining Cline Family Cellars, Steve Jannicelli served as Vice President, Finance and Information Technology at Clover Sonoma, where he spent 9 years. He began his career in auditing and consulting at Deloitte & Touche, and was recruited by The Gap/Banana Republic in 1997.

He then left the company to pursue an MBA while working for Peoplesoft and Adobe, then returned to CFO services consulting in the wine industry for Moss Adams and Burr Pilger Mayer where he created the BPM survey. Wine.

Steve Jannicelli is from Northern California and earned his MBA in Finance and Marketing from Santa Clara University. He resides with his family in North Bay.

About Cline Family Cellars

Cline Family Cellars, established in 1982, is a family-owned winery in Sonoma, California, founded on a passion for winemaking and rooted in respect for the land. While Cline is well known for Zinfandel, Fred and his wife Nancy have dedicated the past 30 years to planting sustainably grown vineyards throughout Sonoma County. Today, these vineyards showcase Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Learn more at

For more information, please contact Charène Beltramo at [email protected]


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