Golden State Vintners (Nasdaq:VINT) today announced the appointment of Jon M. Powell to the position of Vice President, Operations. In his new capacity, Powell will have general management responsibility for the Company's five California production facilities in Napa, Monterey, Fresno, Reedley and Cutler. His management duties will include all packaging production, cellar management, quality control, and food safety and environmental compliance.

Powell joins GSV after seven years at the Sutter Home Winery, where he served as Production Manager for all the Trinchero Family Estate wineries. Prior to that, Powell's career includes 12 years in various production management roles at E&J Gallo Winery, The Seagram Company and the winery operations of Anheuser-Busch.

GSV's President and Chief Operating Officer Mark Larson said, "Jon's appointment is a critical step in our path to bring GSV to industry leadership in quality wine production and customer service. His breadth of experience in domestic and international wine production, winemaking, sales and people development adds top-notch talent to our senior management team."

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 recently moved its headquarters to Napa, and is a publicly held company.

Except for historical information set forth in this press release, the information set forth herein contains forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and is subject to the safe harbors created thereby. Due to a number of factors, including changing market conditions, product competition, the nature of product development, regulatory approval processes, and a variety of other factors, the achievement of forward-looking statements contained in this press release is subject to risks and uncertainties. In that regard, the Company's actual results could vary materially from such forward looking statements. For further details and a discussion of these risks and uncertainties, see Golden State Vintner's SEC filings, including its most recent Form 10-Q and Form 10-K.