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