NAPA VALLEY -- Clos Du Val Winery on Wednesday said it appointed industry veteran Steve Tamburelli as president of the producer in Napa Valley's Stags Leap winegrowing region.

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He fills a spot left vacant in December 2012 when longtime winemaker and Chief Operating Officer John Clews resigned. Winemaker Kristy Melton had been overseeing day-to-day operations since then.

A Napa Valley native, Mr. Tamburelli has spent his entire life working in and around the wine industry, filling a number of executive finance, sales and marketing, winegrowing and production roles. He joined Stags Leap Wine Cellars as chief operating officer in 1998, spent eleven years as general manager at Chappellet and, most recently, was chief operating officer at Flora Springs Winery.

"Clos Du Val has a 40-plus year legacy in the Napa Valley," he said in a statement. "I am looking forward to working with the winery team to energize the winery for its next 40 years."

The winery has made investments in further improving quality in the past four years and recently released 2012 and 2013 wines, he noted.

Mr. Tamburelli started in the industry while in high school, working for his family’s wine distribution business. After earning an MBA from the University of Santa Clara, he joined the family business full-time, acting as general manager until the family sold the company in the late 1990s.

Owner John Goelet and founding winemaker Bernard Portet started Clos Du Val in 1972 in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District. The winery has vineyards in Stags Leap, Carneros and Yountville.

Mr. Tamburelli lives in the Napa Valley with his wife, Lynne, and son, Bill.