The Williamsburg Winery, a renowned producer of Virginia wines, has appointed Michael Weatherly as its new chief executive officer. Weatherly, who has over 20 years of experience in the wine industry, succeeds Patrick Duffeler, who founded the winery in 1985.
In a statement, Duffeler said that he was “honored” to leave the winery in Weatherly’s hands. “A more dedicated, equipped, and deserving candidate does not exist,” he said. “I have complete confidence that the Williamsburg Winery will flourish under his leadership.”
Weatherly, who is also the founder of Ecco Adesso Vineyards in the Shenandoah Valley, said that he was “excited” to join the Williamsburg Winery. “I have long admired the winery’s commitment to quality and innovation,” he said. “I look forward to working with the talented team at Williamsburg Winery to build on its success and continue to produce world-class wines.”
In addition to his appointment as CEO, Weatherly was also elected to the winery’s board of directors. He joins Marshall Warner, Michael Strouse, Tom Gillman, and Terence Duffeler, who will remain as chairman of the board. Michael Kokolis was also voted in as chief operating officer on April 1.
The Williamsburg Winery is Virginia’s largest and most award-winning winery. It has won over 1,000 awards, including the “Best Winery in Virginia” award from Wine Enthusiast magazine. The winery produces over 100,000 cases of wine annually and has over 100 acres of vineyards.
With the appointment of Michael Weatherly as CEO, the Williamsburg Winery is poised for continued success. Weatherly’s experience and dedication to the wine industry will help the winery to continue to produce world-class wines and attract visitors from all over the world.