Women in Business 2013: Terin Ignozzi, Bryter Estates

Terin Ignozzi

Owner and winemaker, Bryter Estates, 25 E. Napa St., Sonoma 95476; 707-501-8757; bryter.com

Age: 41

Residence: Yountville

Professional background: Owner and winemaker of Bryter Estates, former vice president of wine and spirits client solutions of Information Resources, a national market research consulting firm

Education: Certificate in viticulture and enology, University of California, Davis; master's degree, Northwestern University schools of education and business.

Staff: Seven, assisting with winemaking, marketing, operations, tasting salon, hospitality and education

Tell us about yourself and your company: Bryter Estates is a boutique family winery, producing approximately 1,500 cases of wine per year. I am a first-generation Italian who first learned the art of winemaking from her father in Chicago.

I always dreamed of living in Wine Country and pursuing my passion of winemaking as a young woman, and have built a fast-growing winery producing award-winning wines. Bryter Estates production has grown from 100 cases to almost 2,000 cases in five years.

Major accomplishment in the past year or so: In 2012, our cabernet sauvignon was awarded Best of California and Best of Napa at the California State Fair. We are the smallest winery ever to have won this award.

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