Our Team


A WINE IS ONLY AS GOOD AS THE HANDS THAT MAKE IT...

 

Nicole Salengo

Winemaker of Berryessa Gap Vineyards and Co-Owner of L'Apero les Trois
 

Winemaker at Berryessa Gap, brings over a decade of experience and passion spanning two hemispheres and a wide variety of wineries to Winters, CA where she has resided since 2009. Originally from New England, she moved to Davis after college, and earned her winemaker's certificate from the UC Davis department of Viticulture and Enology to compliment her undergraduate study of Geology, she approaches her wines with a wealth of knowledge and artistry that starts with the land and ends in the bottle.

Deeply passionate about the unique regional terroir of Yolo County, she is proud to showcase the best of Winters with her hands-on winemaking approach. She can often be found walking through the vineyard with her two dogs and meticulously checking the vines or tirelessly checking the barrels in the cellar, a work ethic that shows in her beautifully aromatic and award winning wines. Nicole invites you to share a glass of Sauvignon Blanc or Zinfandel, her favorite varieties, with her on your next trip to the winery ¡Salud!

 

Santos Del Toro

Cellar Master
 

Cellar master at Berryessa Gap Vineyards, lives right on The Coble Ranch where his intimate knowledge of the land and the grapes allows him to guide the process from berry to bottle with expertise and finesse. Working closely with the winemaker, Santos is instrumental in the creation of the award winning wines which we are proud to call our own.

Having worked at Berryessa Gap since the start in 2002, he personally oversees and completes all the cellar work, from bin to barrel to bottle.  A hardworking man with an eye for quality, he ensures that every bottle you taste is the best that it can be. 

 


 

Carey Bettencourt

Vice President, Sales and Marketing
 
Favorite Berryessa Gap Wine
Petite Sirah
 
Favorite Way to Enjoy
Sharing with friends! (It always delights!)

Nic (Nicole) Rianda

Production Operations Manager
 
Favorite Berryessa Gap Wine
ZGB Rosé
 
Favorite Way to Enjoy
Paddle boarding on the lake during summer

Rosendo Garcia

Cellar Hand and Wholesale Account Representative
 
Favorite Berryessa Gap Wine
Tempranillo
 
Favorite Way to Enjoy
With friends and family over spicy Mexican food

 

Jake Lenz

Wholesale Account Representative
 
Favorite Berryessa Gap Wine
Barbera
 
Favorite Way to Enjoy
Food pairing is the way to go!  I like to make my own charcuterie board, but I call it a cheese, fruit and meat board because that's a weird word.

Shannon Martinez

Office Manager
 
Favorite Berryessa Gap Wine
Syrah
 
Favorite Way to Enjoy
For Taco Tuesdays with my family

Yvonne Maloney

Wine Club Manager
 
Favorite Berryessa Gap Wine
A chilled glass of ZGB Rosé during the hot summer
 
Favorite Way to Enjoy
Ideally I would be enjoying this with family and friends at the beach, or eally anywhere with anyone!

 

Brendan McShea

Director of Customer Experience and Tasting Room Manager
 
Favorite Berryessa Gap Wine
Albariño
 
Favorite Way to Enjoy
With friends on the back porch on a summer afternoon

Meghan Murphy

Design and Marketing, Social Media Manager
 
Favorite Berryessa Gap Wine
Durif
 
Favorite Way to Enjoy
While reading a book

 

 


 

Lili

Lead Tasting Room Associate
 
Favorite Berryessa Gap Wine
Salengo Grenache
 
Favorite Way to Enjoy
After a hike or beach day with friends, this wine reminds me of the wonderful surrounding nature that I'm so grateful for.

Linda

Lead Tasting Room Associate
 
Favorite Berryessa Gap Wine
HWY 128 North Coast Brut Rosé
 
Favorite Way to Enjoy
Relaxing by the pool

Sheree

Tasting Room Associate
 
Favorite Berryessa Gap Wine
Verdejo
 
Favorite Way to Enjoy
Sitting on the beach with a glass of Verdejo in one hand and an oyster in the other

 

Michelle

Tasting Room Associate
 
Favorite Berryessa Gap Wine
Barbera
 
Favorite Way to Enjoy
I love to pair it with an herbed cheese or anything tomato-based.

Woody

Tasting Room Associate
 
Favorite Berryessa Gap Wine
Durif
 
Favorite Way to Enjoy
A nice charcuterie plate balances big tannins of Durif.

Ray

Tasting Room Associate
 
Favorite Berryessa Gap Wine
HWY 128 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
 
Favorite Way to Enjoy
BBQ-ing on a warm evening with my wife, Sandy.

 

Sandy

Tasting Room Associate
 
Favorite Berryessa Gap Wine
HWY 128 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
 
Favorite Way to Enjoy
BBQ-ing on a warm evening with my husband, Ray.

Kat

Tasting Room Associate
 
Favorite Berryessa Gap Wine
Malbec
 
Favorite Way to Enjoy
Having a glass while watching the sunset with my boyfriend

Ann

Tasting Room Associate
 
Favorite Berryessa Gap Wine
How could I possibly pick a favorite?
 
Favorite Way to Enjoy
On our front porch overlooking a walnut orchard

 

Arielah

Tasting Room Associate
 
Favorite Berryessa Gap Wine
Sauvignon Blanc
 
Favorite Way to Enjoy
With friends under the sun!

Yazmin

Tasting Room Associate
 
Favorite Berryessa Gap Wine
Durif
 
Favorite Way to Enjoy
With my feet up binge watching my favorite TV series and movies

Christopher

Tasting Room Associate
 
Favorite Berryessa Gap Wine
Malbec
 
Favorite Way to Enjoy
Listening to music

 

 

Greg

Tasting Room Associate
 
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Terri

Tasting Room Associate
 
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Carolyn

Tasting Room Associate
 
Favorite Berryessa Gap Wine
Tempranillo
 
Favorite Way to Enjoy
A glass after work, paired with food, nights with friends!