Ascentia Wine Estates has announced a change of CEO.

The California-based wine firm, which owns the Gary Farrell Vineyards, Geyser Peak Winery and Buena Vista Carneros wine brands, confirmed yesterday (19 January) that Michael Kenton has been appointed to the role. Kenton replaces Jim DeBonis, who moves to vice chairman for corporate matters and maintains his position on Ascentia's board.

Kenton joins the company from California's Artesa Winery and Baltimore-based Aveniu Brands, where he held the roles of president and CEO.

“Mike has a proven track record in the industry and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table,” said Lou Giraudo, chairman of Ascentia's parent company.