Chris Vyenielo joins Frank Family Vineyards as Vice President of National Sales
Rich and Leslie Frank, owners of Frank Family Vineyards, are thrilled to welcome wine industry veteran Chris Vyenielo as vice president of national sales. Vyenielo will oversee Frank Family Vineyards’ sales and distribution in the United States as well as Mexico, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Central America.
Vyenielo brings more than 20 years of luxury wine experience to Frank Family Vineyards. Most recently, he founded and served as partner of Area Code Wine Co., a brand development and winery consulting agency. Vyenielo has held a myriad of executive level positions throughout his extensive career in the wine industry, including two years as executive vice president of luxury estates at Foley Family Wines, and seven years as general manager of Lancaster Estate Winery. He has also held long-term sales and marketing positions at Brown-Forman, Robert Mondavi Winery, and Gallo Wine Company.
In addition to these roles, Vyenielo has worked abroad and traveled extensively through wine regions in Australia, Chile, Germany, France and New Zealand.
“We’re very excited for Chris to lead our national sales at Frank Family Vineyards,” says General Manager and Winemaker Todd Graff. “We’re confident Chris will cultivate new and existing relationships with our distributors and customers, and will help grow Frank Family Vineyards’ presence in retail stores and restaurants across the United States. His broad base of experience in the luxury wine world makes him a perfect fit for Frank Family Vineyards.”
About Frank Family Vineyards:
Frank Family Vineyards Frank Family Vineyards was founded in 1992 by former Disney Studios president, Rich Frank. First constructed as the Historic Larkmead Winery in 1884, the stone building on property is the third oldest in Napa and appears on the National Register of Historical Places. Today, Frank Family owns over 380 acres of vineyards in the Napa Valley. Frank Family’s reputation for having the friendliest hospitality in Napa Valley has fans flocking to the tasting room on Larkmead Lane, making it one of the most popular tasting rooms in wine country. In 2015, Frank Family received Napa Green certifications for both land and winery. Frank Family produces a limited number of reserve wines and sparkling wines which are only available at the winery and on select restaurant wine lists. Frank Family’s Napa Valley Petite Sirah ($35), Chardonnay ($35), Pinot Noir ($35), Zinfandel ($37) and Cabernet Sauvignon ($52.50) are distributed nationally.
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