Montse Reece, Winemaker
Montse earned her degree in enology from the Rovira I Virgili University in Tarragona, Spain in 1998. She had already worked in wineries from the Penedes and Montblanc areas since 1993. When finished with college Montse came to California to work at Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves in Sonoma for the harvest 1998 and once established in California, she worked for Ferrari-Carano and Rodney Strong Vineyards before being hired in 2007 to join the Pedroncelli winemaking team.
Lance Blakeley, Vice President of Vineyard and Winery Operations
Lance is responsible for managing 105 acres of estate vineyards and for working with the growers that supply Pedroncelli Winery with grapes. Blakeley began working twenty years ago in the vineyards under the tutelage of senior winemaker John Pedroncelli. He earned a degree in viticulture from Santa Rosa Junior College and took courses in vineyard management from University of California at Davis. Appointed vineyard manager in 1998, Blakeley continues to work closely with John Pedroncelli and our growers to bring in the best grapes possible.
Polo Cano, Cellar Master
Polo is key to our cellar operations and was appointed to this position 8 years ago. Polo first worked in the vineyard and then apprenticed in the cellar. He joins John, Montse and Lance as they work to bring in the best fruit possible, in order to make the best wine possible. He oversees everything from harvest to bottling and takes great care that the wines reflect our style.
We lost a member of the winery team this year:
John Pedroncelli, Senior Winemaker, 1925-2015
John began his winemaking career as a child working side by side with his father, John Sr. learning from the ground up. After World War II and his service in the US Coast Guard, he graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College and then attended many winemaking classes at University of California at Davis. John's style is Pedroncelli's style-wines that are flavorful and balanced to reflect the region's characteristics-he allows the wines to speak for themselves.