Wine Industry Business Journal: Spotlight: Leaders of the North Coast's Independent wine companies

Following are profiles of the top day-to-day leaders from the Business Journal’s lists of the largest independently owned wineries under 100,000 cases, published in March, and the largest wine companies, published in May.

Listed alphabetically by company name.

Hank Wetzel

Proprietor and winemaker

Alexander Valley Vineyards, 8644 Highway 128, Healdsburg 95448, 707-433-7209,

Harry and Maggie Wetzel in 1962 purchased property from the family of Cyrus Alexander, after whom the valley is named. Their oldest son, Hank, launched the winery with 7,000 cases in 1975 based on the business plan from his senior project for an undergraduate fermentation science degree from U.C. Davis.

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