Sonoma County wine executive headed to Lake County

Maria Brunn is named executive director of Lake County Winery Association in 2017. (PROVIDED PHOTO) September 2017


A former Sonoma County Vintners group executive is taking over the executive director’s post for a wine trade association in Lake County.

The Lake County Winery Association, founded in 2007 and with 40 vintners and associate members, announced the hiring of Maria Brunn.

The association reported that Brunn managed operations and finances for the Sonoma County Vintners trade group which includes 250 winery members. As that organization’s business operations manager, Brunn not only managed all legal and financial reporting, HR, and IT needs, but also was “an integral part of the Sonoma County Barrel Auction team and traveled nationally and internationally to promote Sonoma County wines,” the announcement stated.

Prior to her role at Sonoma County Vintners, Brunn worked in marketing and operations at the wine industry trade publication, Wines & Vines. She built responsive websites for the company’s trade events, created widely distributed newsletters and represented the company at wine industry conferences.

Brunn earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Sonoma State University. She also completed the University of Califronia Davis’ Wine Executive Program in 2015 and is sitting for the WSET 3 exam this coming year.

“I am so excited to have this opportunity,” Brann stated. “Lake County is perfectly positioned for growth in this market. With over 9,400 acres planted to winegrapes, the volcanic soil and high elevation vineyards have led to wines of character and distinction and I am looking forward to elevating the profile of Lake County’s outstanding wines and this beautiful region.”