California winery Rotta has appointed a new director of operations.

Winemaker Jeff Branco has joined the Paso Robles-based group in the role, it announced yesterday (17 September). Branco previously worked as assistant winemaker at Pape Clement, Pessac-Leognan and Cellar & Vineyard Worker at Maison Sichel, Bordeaux.

“We are looking to Jeff's experience in Bordeaux varietals to help reveal the emerging, high quality of Paso Robles' Cabernet Sauvignon. Jeff is a great fit," said Jason Shorrock, general partner at Rotta.

The group, which claims to be the oldest continually operating, family-owned winery in the Paso Robles AVA, produces Zinfandel, Bordeaux varietals and Black Monukka dessert wine.

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