Chalone Wine Estates Vice President of Sales and Distribution Robert B. Farver announced today the appointment of Eva Simonsson and Amoreena Bremgartner to the new positions of California State Sales Manager and California Chain Sales Manager, respectively. Chalone Wine Estates is the sales and distribution arm of Napa-based Chalone Wine Group.

Simonsson's primary responsibilities will be to develop sales programs and growth strategies for CWE. She will manage four CWE California sales managers and work closely with CWE's California broker, The Henry Wine Group, to implement new programs.

Serving most recently as CWE's export manager and senior sales analyst, Simonsson brings to the position a unique knowledge of global wine market trends and how they relate to sales trends in California. Since joining Chalone Wine Estates, she has doubled export markets to include over 20 countries while also managing national sales budgets, coordinating national sales programs and forecasting sales for the $45 million company.

"With an extensive background in sales forecasting, Eva brings a strategic approach to expanding our California market. With her appointment, we now have a strong team of five sales managers in California, which positions our company for the future and clearly signals our preparation for aggressive growth in the California market," said Farver.

Farver said that Bremgartner, as California Chain Sales Manager, will oversee CWE's off-premise chain accounts in California and will report directly to Simonsson. A native of southern California, she previously served as a chain sales representative for The Henry Wine Group. Prior to joining THWG, she was marketing director for Edna Valley Vineyard in San Luis Obispo, which is a member of the Chalone Wine Group's unique portfolio of estate wineries.

Chalone Wine Group, Ltd., "the Company," specializes in producing premium red and white varietal wines from distinct estate vineyards in unique growing regions. In California, the Company owns and operates Chalone Vineyard® in Monterey County, Acacia(TM) Winery in the Carneros District of Napa County, Jade Mountain of Mount Veeder in Napa Valley, and Carmenet® Vineyard in Sonoma County. In conjunction with its 50 percent joint-venture partner, Paragon Vineyard Co., the Company also owns and operates Edna Valley Vineyard® in San Luis Obispo County. Additionally, the Company produces and markets wines of Central Coast appellation under the brand name Echelon Vineyards(TM). In the state of Washington, the Company owns and operates Sagelands Winery(TM) and is a 50.5 percent managing partner in Canoe Ridge Vineyard®. In the Bordeaux region of France, the Company owns 23.5 percent of the fourth-growth estate of Chateau Duhart-Milon, in partnership with Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), which owns the other 76.5 percent.