Wine Maker Bryan Jones Takes the Helm

Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery has announced the appointment of Bryan Jones as its new Head Winemaker. Bringing over two decades of extensive experience in the winemaking industry, Bryan is set to elevate Prince Michel’s wine production to new heights.

Prince Michel Winery, nestled in the picturesque landscape of Virginia, is renowned for its commitment to crafting a diverse array of high-quality wines. With a focus on exceptional visitor experiences, Prince Michel stands as a distinguished name in Virginia’s flourishing wine scene, continually demonstrating leadership and innovation in the industry.

Previously the Head Winemaker, Tasting Room Manager, and Wine Club Manager at Kentucky’s largest vineyard and winery, Bryan has a proven track record of inspiring a passion for wine in customers globally. His involvement in various facets of managing the wine business, from vine to bottle, including marketing strategies and enhancing visitor experiences, has been noteworthy​​.

Bryan’s expertise in working with a wide range of American hybrid and vinifera grapes, including varieties like Aphrodite, Aromella, Vidal Blanc, Traminette, and Riesling, positions him perfectly to contribute to the diverse wine selection at Prince Michel​​. His skills in developing proprietary wine blends, managing winery and vineyard operations, and leading teams will be invaluable assets to our winery​​.

A strong proponent of education in the wine industry, Bryan is prepared to sit for the Certified Sommelier exam by The Court of Master Sommeliers and has completed the Certified Specialist of Wine Course with the Society of Wine Educators​​. His experience as Chief Winemaker at Lover’s Leap Vineyards and Winery, where he was involved in every aspect of winery management, has prepared him well for this new role​​.

Under Bryan’s leadership, Lover’s Leap Vineyards and Winery saw a significant increase in sales, wine club memberships, and the development of high-end reserve wines. He also played a pivotal role in a 12-year rebuilding and restructuring project, showcasing his capability to innovate and evolve in the dynamic world of winemaking​​.

“We are excited to welcome Bryan Jones to the Prince Michel family,” said Reo Hatfield, President and CEO of Prince Michel. “His vast experience, innovative approach, and commitment to quality are in perfect alignment with our vision for the future of Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery.”

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