Meet the Talent

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Mary Delmas Robertson | Director of Sales

Given Mary’s extensive international, national, and regional background in wine marketing, sales and distribution, she’s a natural in leading the Delmas sales effort; focusing primarily on the Direct-to-Consumer channel. 

She has deep “local” knowledge of the market. Mary graduated from the University of Washington.

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Brooke Delmas Robertson | Director of Viticulture

Brooke has gained world-class, hands-on experience in Napa Valley, tending to the high expectations of iconic vineyards and wineries. Additionally, Brooke has worked in Australia for Torbreck, focusing on small lots of highly sought after Rhone-style wines. Her last work assignment in Napa Valley was for The Napa Valley Reserve, as viticulturist.

Working as a viticulturist, administering and delivering “best practices” in vineyards such as Hundred Acre, Barbour, Hayne, and Seven Stones, fueled Brooke’s desire to further her education. In this regard, and in preparation for her eventual oversight role at Delmas/SJR Vineyard, Brooke is pursuing her Masters degree in Viticulture.

Brooke has moved back to Walla Walla Valley in 2017 to assist in all Delmas/SJR operations. Additionally, she is working for North Slope Management as Viticulturist.

 

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Stephen J. Robertson | General Manager

Steve leads business development, marketing, administration and finance for Delmas as well as SJR Vineyard. He is a seasoned executive with several decades of experience in real estate development and manufacturing. He combines business savvy with entrepreneurial creativity in every venture he directs.

Steve graduated from Walla Walla Community College’s Enology and Viticulture program in 2011 with an Associate Degree in Applied Arts and Sciences. Steve graduated from the University of Washington in 1974.

He has contributed to the strategic planning and engagement committees for the Oregon Wine Board.

Always with an eye on the bigger picture, Steve spearheaded the TTB petition of The Rocks District AVA, as well as the formation of Rocks District Winegrowers.

Extended Family

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Chris Banek & Ramon Esparza | Vineyard Management

Banek Winegrower Management brings more than 30 years of Walla Walla Valley vineyard management experience to SJR Vineyard. Principals, Chris Banek and Ramon Esparza, promote cutting-edge viticulture practices, including organic and bio-dynamic farming practices. Chris and Ramon’s capabilities are extended by their highly trained farming crews. They support the Delmas winegrowing philosophy, building on their long-standing knowledge of the soils and climatic conditions within the Walla Walla Valley AVA; and, specifically, in The Rocks District.

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Billo Naravane, MW | Consulting Winemaker

Delmas relies on the extraordinary talents of Billo Naravane as a valued member of the team. While Billo’s background in the computer industry prepared him well for the scientific aspects of winemaking, it is his artistic talents and passion for wine that intrigued the Robertson’s. In addition to being an accomplished musician, he received his B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from MIT and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Billo finished his M.S. in Viticulture and Enology at U.C. Davis in June 2008. Most recently, he was invited to join the Institute of Masters of Wine; a major accomplishment. Rasa Vineyards is co-owned by Billo and his brother Pinto. He makes critically acclaimed wines for Rasa Vineyards; including an SJR Vineyard - designate Syrah named Veritas Sequitor. Billo is also mentoring Brooke on winemaking and working with our viticulture team.

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