Sonoma County based vintner Donelan Family Wines grows hospitality team with appointment of new direct-to-consumer business development managers

(March 15, 2017; Santa Rosa, Calif.)—Donelan Family Wines announced today that Emily Floyd and Jackie Deveny have joined the winery team as Direct to Consumer (DTC) Business Development Managers, new positions for the growing winery. In these roles, Floyd and Deveny will oversee the winery’s DTC program and tasting experiences while leading the winery’s continued brand development efforts and local outreach. They are responsible for extending the Donelan family’s culture and dedication to personalized customer interaction and experiences.

Emily Floyd brings nearly a decade of wine hospitality experience to Donelan Family Wines. She entered the wine industry in 2007 while enrolled at Sonoma State University, working part-time in the ZD Wines tasting room in Napa Valley. After graduation, Floyd worked as ZD Wines’ assistant tasting room manager until 2013, when she joined Foley Family Wines as ambassador and later, program manager. Most recently, she served as direct to consumer manager at Hestan Vineyards, where she oversaw all aspects of the winery’s DTC program.

Jackie Deveny got her start in the wine business when she moved to Australia’s Barossa Valley in 2009 after graduating from the University of Montana. There, she worked in the food and wine service industry before traveling to Marlborough, New Zealand in 2010 to work in the vineyards at Villa Maria Estate. Deveny returned to the United States and worked her way up from harvest intern to sales and hospitality associate at Girard Winery in Yountville. Deveny later spent two years in a similar hospitality role at Pine Ridge Vineyards, and most recently worked in sales and marketing at Seavey Vineyard in St. Helena.

“Emily and Jackie are the perfect additions to our small staff,” says Cushing Donelan. “They share our dedication to building relationships with our guests and creating a personalized experience for every visitor, and their combined winery hospitality experience will be paramount in the growth of our DTC program.”

About Donelan Family Wines:
Donelan Family Wines was founded by Joe Donelan in 2009 with a focus on the production of Rhône and Burgundian varietal wines from small, cooler-climate vineyard sites located throughout Sonoma County, including the Knights Valley, Green Valley, Bennett Valley, and Russian River Valley. In 2015, the Donelan family acquired its first estate vineyard, the Obsidian Vineyard located in Sonoma County’s Knights Valley. In addition, they have been able to develop long-term relationships with some of the most unique vineyard sites in Sonoma County. The Donelans are extremely selective in their choice of partners, and each vineyard owner must exhibit commitment to high quality that is the hallmark of the family philosophy. Winemaker Joe Nielsen has been with Donelan Family Wines since its inception, and became head winemaker in 2013. Donelan wines that are available for purchase in select high-end wine retailers and restaurants include: Nancie Chardonnay ($48), Venus Roussanne/ Viognier ($48), Cuvée Christine Syrah ($48), Cuvée Moriah GSM ($50), Two Brothers Pinot Noir ($55) and Walker Vine Hill Vineyard Syrah ($75). The Rosé ($25), Kobler Family Vineyard Syrah ($60), Genevieve’s Block Chardonnay ($70), Kobler Family Vineyard Viognier ($78), Tripp’s Block Pinot Noir ($78), Cushing’s Block Pinot Noir ($78), Cuvée Keltie Syrah ($90), Obsidian Vineyard Syrah ($105) and Richards Family Vineyard Syrah ($150) are available by visiting Guests may book an intimate tasting at the winery by making calling 707-591-0782 or e-mailing

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