Jeff Nicholson Named Chief Operating Officer of Vintage Wine Estates

Jeff Nicholson Named Chief Operating Officer of Vintage Wine Estates

Vintage Wine Estates has appointed Jeff Nicholson as the Chief Operating Officer. Nicholson was previously an Operating Partner at AGR partners — an investment firm dedicated to food and agribusiness that acquired a minority equity stake in Vintage Wine Estates in April 2018. He will continue to be on the Advisory Board for the firm.

As per the official release, Pat Roney, Chief Executive Officer at Vintage Wine Estates stated, “We are pleased to have Jeff join us at Vintage Wine Estates. We are growing rapidly and welcome his expertise in mergers and acquisitions, extensive value chain experience and entrepreneurial spirit.”

According to the release, Nicholson joined AGR in 2017 with a focus on identifying and developing new investment opportunities. Prior to that, he founded and operated companies within the food and agriculture value chain. He was co-founder and president of Animal Supply Logistics, a preferred distribution company to independent pet supply. Before this, Nicholson co-founded Link Logistics, working alongside companies such as Starbucks to reduce procurement costs and improve distribution and transportation. In addition, he has over 12 years of experience in sales and marketing with Ralston Purina and Pacific Cartage and Warehousing.

“I look forward to applying my knowledge to the wine industry and leading Vintage Wine Estates’ operations side as the company continues to grow,” said Nicholson.

He will have all VWE Operations reporting to him including Winemaking, Production, Warehouse, Supply Chain, Purchasing and IT.

Vintage Wine Estates is a privately held wine company owned by a group of vintner families with deep roots in the wine business.  The families own a collection of winery estates and brands including Clos Pegase Winery, Girard Winery, B.R. Cohn Winery, Swanson Vineyards, Cosentino Winery, Game of Thrones Wines, Viansa Sonoma, Windsor Vineyards, Cameron Hughes, Firesteed, Sonoma Coast Vineyards, Clayhouse, Tamarack Cellars, Layer Cake, Cherry Pie, Splinter Group Spirits, Middle Sister, Bar Dog, Girl & Dragon, Purple Cowboy, and a number of exclusive wine brands.


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