Ancient Peaks Team

Kristin Muhly

Kristin Muhly

VP, Sales & Marketing

Kristin Muhly

Kristin Muhly

VP, Sales & Marketing

Kristin Muhly manages our national and international distributor relationships and oversees our national sales team. She also leads our winery’s marketing initiatives. Kristin was born and raised in San Luis Obispo. She earned her Ag Business and Wine & Viticulture degree at Cal Poly, and has worked in the wine industry ever since. Her experience includes stints at Justin Winery, Vines of Mendoza, Domaine Alfred and the Crimson Wine Group. She joined Ancient Peaks Winery in 2011. Kristin resides in Santa Margarita with her husband Taylor and their daughters, Maddie and Emma. In her spare time, Kristin enjoys hiking and horseback riding, as well as kicking back and barbecuing with friends and family. Email: kmuhly@apwinery.com

Rachel Collier

Rachel Collier

VP, National Accounts

Rachel Collier

Rachel Collier

VP, National Accounts

As VP of National Accounts, Rachel is charged with growing our national accounts and chain business. Prior to joining Ancient Peaks, Rachel spent 20 years at The Henry Wine Group, most recently as the VP of corporate sales. The Henry Wine Group is Ancient Peaks Winery’s California distributor, and our relationship with Rachel runs deep. Her skill set is ideal for expertly managing and maximizing our opportunities across the United States. "I am thrilled to be working with such a high-quality team and excited to further develop our rapidly growing brand,” Rachel says. Rachel resides in San Jose, California with her husband, three kids, a dog, and two guinea pigs. Rachel enjoys roasting coffee, reading and spending time with her family. Email: rachel@apwinery.com

Stephanie Metzler

Stephanie Metzler

Western Sales Manager

Stephanie Metzler

Stephanie Metzler

Western Sales Manager

As our Western Sales Manager, Stephanie spearheads the distribution of Ancient Peaks wines in six states across the Western U.S. She came to Ancient Peaks from the San Francisco Wine Exchange, where she worked as the west coast sales manager, serving as the primary interface with distributor partners. “Ancient Peaks is an innovative brand and my job is to match that innovation in our market approach,” she says. “My goal is to inspire and create momentum through every level of distribution, right down to the consumer. It all begins with great wines and strong relationships.” Stephanie lives in Sacramento with her husband Ryan and their cat Cheddar. When not traveling for work, Stephanie enjoys spending time outdoors. She is also an avid scuba diver. Email: stephanie@apwinery.com

Sara DiFeo

Sara DiFeo

Southern Sales Manager

Sara DiFeo

Sara DiFeo

Southern Sales Manager

Sara joined the Ancient Peaks team in May 2019 as the Southern Sales Manager and is responsible for managing and growing 19 states across the South and Midwest. Sara was first introduced to the wine industry while working at The Ritz- Carlton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. She then transitioned to distribution where she spent nearly 7 years at The Henry Wine Group / Winebow group. Here, she gained invaluable experience as a sales manager and account executive in the chain division. Sara now lives in Austin, Texas, where she enjoys live music, hiking and spending time with friends. Email: sarad@apwinery.com

Laura Balderelli

Laura Balderelli

East Coast Sales Manager

Laura Balderelli

Laura Balderelli

East Coast Sales Manager

Laura is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience in the wine distribution business on the East Coast. As such, she brings a wealth of relationships and regional market knowledge to our sales program. Laura is responsible for managing and growing our East Coast distribution network, as well as interfacing with accounts and sales representatives on a continual basis. Laura holds a degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina and is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) by the Society of Wine Educators. "I am very excited to be a part of Ancient Peaks," she says. "The passion and enthusiasm from everyone who works here is inspiring." Email: laura@apwinery.com

Jenalyn Johnson

Jenalyn Johnson

East Coast Sales Specialist

Jenalyn Johnson

Jenalyn Johnson

East Coast Sales Specialist

As the East Coast Sales Specialist, Jenalyn’s primary focus is to assist Laura Balderelli with managing the East Coast Distribution network. She represented Ancient Peaks while working for a prestigious distributor for nearly 10 years. Jenalyn joined Laura's East Coast team in May 2019. Jenalyn was named a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) by the Society of Wine Educators and holds the Advanced with Distinction certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) based in London. She is currently enrolled as a student in the WSET Diploma program. In her free time, Jenalyn enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering within her community. Email: jenalyn@apwinery.com

Lindee Newman

Lindee Newman

Brand Ambassador

Lindee Newman

Lindee Newman

Brand Ambassador

Lindee Newman started working at Ancient Peaks Winery in 2020. She quickly moved from the tasting room into guest services, ultimately transitioning into the marketing department where she supports the National Sale’s Team needs, coordinates special industry visits, assists with graphic design, and is the resident photographer. She wears a lot of hats. Originally from Southern Oregon, Lindee studied Lighting Design and Technology at the local university. She’s transformed her talents into a unique approach towards her passion for wine and marketing. Email: lindee@apwinery.com

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