Alum Leo Tellez Joins Ackerman Family Vineyards as Winemaker

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

WINE INDUSTRY ADVISOR -- Leo’s personal connection to wine came via sommelier and chef mentors at fine dining restaurants such as Domaine Chandon’s now-shuttered Étoile restaurant, La Toque, The French Laundry and Masa’s. After graduating from San Francisco State University with an International Relations degree, Tellez pursued viticulture and enology classes at Napa Valley College and started his first winemaking internship at Kapcsandy Family Vineyards in Napa Valley working closely with Winemaker David Sotelo.

“Leo’s connection to Coombsville and the greater Napa Valley winemaking community is deeply rooted and exceptional. His background and passion for winemaking and hospitality collaborate well with our own Coombsville roots. He brings a high standard for exceptional winemaking from his previous involvement with great Napa estates, as well as provide a new excitement for future wines from our Stonehaven Vineyard,” proprietor Lauren Ackerman said.