2020 Wine Industry Leaders

Every year, Wine Business Monthly sets out to honor those who shape the way the wine industry operates or how people drink wine. With this leaders list, we're showcasing men and women who are making a difference. It's full of movers and shakers, and there are more than a few who are dissatisfied with the status quo.

Some of the influential people on this list are known to virtually anyone who follows the wine industry, while others are influential yet fly "under the radar." All of them are leaders in the North American wine business.

We also opened the list to suggestions from the industry, and launched a formal nomination process at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in January 2020. With more than 115 submissions featuring some incredible people, we had a hard time narrowing the list down. We loved hearing from you and will continue to do this again next year.

Cheers to the 2020 Wine Industry Leaders! FULL STORY


Kris Beal

Executive Director, Vineyard Team

As the executive director for Vineyard Team, Kris Beal is a staunch advocate for sustainability in the wine industry. Through her more than 20 years with the organization, she has launched the Sustainable Ag Expo and International Sustainable Winegrowing Summit and well as SIP Certified, a third-party certification for sustainable wine production developed in concert with industry leaders, in 2008. Today, Beal continues to support farmworkers through scholarships, bilingual programs and other education in addition to publishing the Sustainable Winegrowing Podcast and articles in technical publications.

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