Kautz Family Vineyards has appointed Barbara Messer as national corporate accounts manager.

Messer will be responsible for developing and coordinating the Kautz Family Vineyards wine portfolio in and through national on-premise operators, the company said today (7 April).

She will also be responsible for management of the Kautz portfolio in the states of Texas and Louisiana.

Messer has more than 20 years of experience in the wine industry. Prior to joining Kautz Family Vineyards, Messer served as the director of national accounts for Foley Family Wines.

Ron Johnson, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Kautz, said: "She is the consummate professional and with her extensive expertise and network of professional contacts, I am excited about the opportunities she will develop to advance our brands' position across this critically important segment of the market."

Kautz appointed Ron Johnson as senior vice president of sales and marketing in February. Johnson joined Kautz from Sebastiani Vineyards, where he had been executive vice president of sales and marketing.