Villa San-Juliette winery names Matt Ortman as interim president

newsroom@thetribunenews.comFebruary 11, 2014 

Second-generation winemaker Matt Ortman has been named interim president of Villa San-Juliette Vineyard and Winery, succeeding Hillary Trout, who has resigned as president and chief operating officer.

“Hillary has done a masterful job in bringing our dream of a fully functioning winery to fruition, and she has our sincere thanks for all she has done,’’ according to co-owner Ken Warwick in a news release.

Trout resigned, saying it’s time to move forward with other opportunities, the release said.

Ortman was named winemaker at the San Miguel winery in January 2013. The winery is co-owned by Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe. It produces about 22,000 cases of wine a year, distributed nationally and internationally.

The winery also announced the appointment of two other people: Dick Taylor as chief marketing officer and Daniel Bachilla as national sales manager.

Taylor has more than 40 years of experience in building brands, the news release said, and is a former executive vice president of Hill & Knowlton Inc. and former president of the agency’s worldwide entertainment division.

Bachilla, with senior leadership roles in the supplier and wholesale facets of the wine business for more than 15 years, most recently was director of sales at Vehrs Inc., a Northwest wholesaler.

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