Winemaker Jamie Benziger of Sonoma Valley's Imagery Estate wins North Bay Forty Under 40 award
In 25 words or less, how do you exemplify the spirit of being a top Forty under 40 professional?
I strive to be a young confident leader in my role to all generations I encounter keep pushing the limits in the wine industry.
Years with company: 4
Length of time in current position: 2 years
Number of people who report to you: 3
Greatest professional accomplishment: Taking over for my dad as Imagery’s winemaker
Greatest professional challenge: Being put in the spotlight to be the face of Imagery
Best advice received: Go beyond the expected and have fun doing it
Single most important event in your professional life in the last 12 months: Being nominated and named Wine Enthusiasts 2019 40 under 40 Tastemakers
What steps is your company taking to sustain your organization and morale in the current economy?
We have a culture task force in place that meets to discuss how to keep morale up between different sites and departments.
Next professional goal: To keep advancing in my company and educating myself
Education: Bachelor of Science degree with concentrations in Wine Business and Marketing from Sonoma State University. Winemaking Certification from University of California Davis Division of Continuing and Professional Education.
Mentor/admired businessperson: My dad, Joe Benziger
Typical day at the office: No day in the office is typical especially during harvest
Best place to work outside of your office: The vineyard
Hobbies: Exercising, horseback riding, skiing
What you wanted to be when you grew up: I wanted to be a marketing and/or advertising executive in New York
First job: Selling tram tour tickets at Benziger Family Winery
Social media you most use: Instagram
Favorite movie: “Goonies”
Favorite after-work drink: Of course a glass of wine
Last vacation: Mammoth Lakes and Lake Tahoe in August of 2019