La Crema winery in Windsor, which was purchased by Santa-Rosa’s Jackson Family Wines in 1993, has announced the promotion of Craig McAllister to the position of head winemaker. McAllister joined La Crema as the harvest enologist in 2007.

Announcing the move, the winery stated McAllister helped to further develop La Crema’s collection of single vineyard chardonnay and pinot noir wines in his most recent post as associate winemaker. McAllister has also made wine for Wild Ridge, crafting pinot noir from vineyards on the rugged Sonoma Coast.

“Craig’s long tenure with La Crema and passion for cool-climate winemaking make him a natural fit,” said Mitch Davis, senior vice president of production for Jackson Family Wines. “In particular, his expertise on the Central Coast, in the Monterey appellation, a region in which we see tremendous potential for La Crema, coupled with his skill, experience and passion, will continue to enhance the strength of the La Crema winemaking team.”

A New Zealand native, McAllister earned a bachelor’s degree in viticulture and enology from Lincoln University in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Previously only producing small batches of rosé, La Crema will be releasing its first nationally distributed bottling this spring.

La Crema was founded in 1979 as La Crema Viñera, meaning “Best of the Vine.”