Ascentia Wine Estates appoints industry veteran Mike Kenton new Chief Executive Officer

HEALDSBURG, Calif. – Ascentia Wine Estates today announced the appointment of industry veteran Michael Kenton as chief executive officer, a move that will position the company for future growth in the coming years. Kenton succeeds Jim DeBonis, who has been promoted to vice chairman for corporate matters and will remain a member of the board of directors.

“Mike has a proven track record in the industry and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table,” said Lou Giraudo, chairman of Ascentia Wine Estates’ parent company. “I have no doubt that he will successfully lead Ascentia and effectively manage these valuable brands and assets in this competitive market.”

With a career in the wine industry spanning more than 30 years, Kenton joins Ascentia Wines after serving as president and CEO of Artesa Winery and Aveniu Brands where he was responsible for managing the operations of the ultra-premium Napa Valley winery as well as the Baltimore, Maryland, based import and distribution company.

“I’m eager to continue and build upon the work that Jim and his team have started,” Kenton said.

Ascentia provides consumers with exceptional, highly-rated wines from its impressive portfolio, which includes Geyser Peak Winery, Atlas Peak, Buena Vista Carneros, Winery, XYZin, Columbia Winery, Covey Run, Ste. Chapelle and Gary Farrell Vineyards.

“We want to thank Jim DeBonis for his excellent service and leadership,” said Giraudo. “He helped us found this wonderful company and will continue with us on the board.” Prior to joining Ascentia Wines, DeBonis served as COO at Beam Wine Estates and Allied Domecq.

About Ascentia Wine Estates

Founded in 2008, Ascentia Wine Estates is a premium wine company that includes California’s, Washington’s and Idaho’s first wineries. The portfolio contains quality wines sourced from some of the world’s most prestigious appellations. The Company has 250 employees and is headquartered at 349 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA. For more information, visit: ascentiawineestates.com.

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