Golden State Vintners (Nasdaq:VINT) today announced the appointment of Susan K. Stewart to the position of Director, Human Resources. In her new capacity, Stewart will have responsibility for the direction, development and coordination of all human resource management activities, and will spearhead GSV's strategic agenda in the areas of people acquisition, development and retention.

Stewart, most recently Director of Human Resources for eWanted.com, brings ten years of HR leadership experience to GSV, including management assignments at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Netscape Communications, West Valley Engineering and Claris. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University, with a degree in Sociology.

GSV's President and Chief Operating Officer Mark Larson said, "Sue's appointment represents a significant step forward on our path to having the best people in the wine industry. Her experience, particularly with start-ups and established major corporations in the eCommerce environment, will accelerate the pace and elevate the quality of our strategic agenda in the area of people management."

About Golden State Vintners

Golden State Vintners is one of the largest suppliers in the United States of premium wines, wine processing, barrel fermentation and storage services, wine grapes and case goods to California's major branded wineries and to a number of international wineries. The combination of GSV's extensive vineyard holdings and five strategically located facilities has enabled the company to become one of California's lowest-cost producers of premium bulk wine. GSV also produces private label case goods for its clients, and markets its own line of proprietary brands. GSV's five wineries are located in Fresno, Reedley, Cutler, Monterey, and St. Helena. Golden State Vintners is headquartered in Napa, Calif. and is a publicly held company.