Effective December 3, Mike Holden joined Groth Vineyards & Winery as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, according to an announcement by President Suzanne Groth. Holden’s responsibilities will encompass leadership for all sales and marketing for Groth.
Holden has an extensive background in the luxury wine and spirits industry. Most recently, he was Chief Sales Officer at Huneeus Vintners and prior to that he held similar leadership roles at Treasury Wine Estates, Francis Ford Coppola, and Diageo, among others. In his three decades in the business, he has built and led sales and marketing teams that have achieved significant growth domestically and internationally.
“I’m excited as we enter the next stage of evolution of our family wine company. In 2014, my family hired our third winemaker in our 36 years of the wine business, Director of Winegrowing Cameron E. Parry, who is leading quality initiatives in winemaking. Now, with the arrival of Mike, I believe we are poised for new levels of innovation, growth, and success in the market,” said Suzanne Groth in making the announcement.
“It is not often that leadership roles in family-owned and -operated wineries with the pedigree of Groth become available. I am excited to be joining such a distinguished family who operate with the highest levels of integrity and who are committed to making wines of distinction. For 25 years, head of sales Ken Uhl has worked tirelessly to establish the Groth wines in the market, and I am energized about the prospect of working with Suzanne to build on the strong foundation he has built. It is very evident that there is tremendous equity in the market for the Groth family and their wines; it is now my charge to use this to position Groth for a new period of sustained growth,” commented Holden. Director of Sales and Marketing Ken Uhl retired after 25 years with Groth Vineyards & Winery.
The placement of Mike Holden was made in concert with The Cypress Group (www.cypress-grp.com) of St. Helena, CA which specializes in executive placements in the wine industry.
Dennis and Judy Groth founded Groth Vineyards & Winery in 1981 in the Oakville appellation of Napa Valley. Groth Vineyards & Winery remains family-owned and -operated by second-generation President Suzanne Groth. The winery produces distinctive Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay from their 165 acres of sustainably-farmed vineyards in Oakville and the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. The distinctive California Mission-style winery, located at 750 Oakville Cross Road in Oakville, is open Monday thru Saturday for tours and tastings by appointment. Learn more at www.grothwines.com.