May 8, 2015 – Rutherford, CA-headquartered executive search firm The Cypress Group has assisted Joseph Phelps Vineyards in the hiring of Sam Burton as its new vice president of operations. Mr. Phelps was previously the director, North Coast operations for Diageo Chateau & Estates. Before that he spent four years as a director with Constellation Wines US. Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned winery committed to crafting world class, estate-grown wines.
Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch near St. Helena in the Napa Valley, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines on eight estate vineyards in St. Helena, the Stags Leap District, Oakville, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District, Carneros and South Napa Valley.
Established in 1989, The Cypress Group is a wine business executive search firm focused exclusively on key wine industry placements.