Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Appoints Russell Motz and Catherine Chambers to Key Sales Leadership Positions

Catherine Rooms

WOODINVILLE, Wash. (October 20, 2022) – Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, the largest winery in the Pacific Northwest and among the largest premium wineries in the United States, has appointed a new Senior Vice President of National Accounts and Vice President of Sales, Western Region .

Russell Motz has been named Senior Vice President of National Accounts effective November 14. In this role, Russell will lead a national sales team focused on expanding the winery’s presence with top onsite and offsite customers across the country.

Motz joins Ste. Michelle after a distinguished career at Republic National Distributing Company, where he most recently served as Executive Vice President of Supplier Business Development. Previously, Motz served as Senior Vice President of Wine Business Development, Vice President of National Accounts and Executive Vice President of Wine, Texas. Motz also held various positions at E. & J. Gallo Winery in Texas.

Catherine Chambers will take over as Vice President of Sales, Western Region on October 31.

In this role, Chambers will lead the company’s sales organization in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii and will be headquartered in Seattle. .

Russell Motz

Chambers joins Ste. Michelle after an 11-year career at E. & J. Gallo Winery where she held various Gallo On and Off Sale portfolio management positions in Colorado, Arizona, Texas and California. She also led a sales team of 58 for Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits, Texas.

“We are thrilled to have Russell and Catherine join Ste. Michelle,” said Dan Heller, executive vice president of sales for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. “Their experience, knowledge and leadership will play a vital role in consolidating our presence in key markets and growing our customer base across the country.”

About Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates is the largest winery in the Pacific Northwest and one of the largest premium wineries in the United States. With a distinguished history dating back to 1934, the winery now farms over 30,000 acres across Washington, Oregon and California and distributes its wines to over 100 countries. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates pioneered vinifera viticulture in Washington and continues to drive viticulture and enology research in the state, including the establishment of the University of Washington’s viticulture and enology program. Washington State and the construction of the university’s research and teaching cellar, now called Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center.

Ste. Michelle traces her roots to shortly after the repeal of Prohibition, through the founding of The Pommerelle Company and the National Wine Company (NAWICO) in 1934 and 1935, respectively. Pommerelle and NAWICO merged in 1954 to become American Wine Growers. American winemakers first produced wines under the Ste. Michelle Vineyards label in 1967. Ste. Michelle first entered Oregon with the purchase of Erath in 2006. The Ste. Michelle Wine Estates portfolio includes Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14 Hands, Columbia Crest, Erath, A to Z, H3, Liquid Light, Intrinsic, REX HILL, Spring Valley Vineyard, Patz & Hall, and Northstar, plus several other premium brands. The winery also has partnerships with Marchesi Antinori (Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and Col Solare), Ernst Loosen (Eroica) and Michel Gassier (Tenet). Ste. Michelle Wine Estates is the exclusive US importer of Marchesi Antinori and Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte. For more information, please visit

Elisha A. Tilghman