Did you hear? Wine Enthusiast announced Nicholas Miller of Miller Family Wine Company as their 2022 Wine Executive of the Year. Bien Nacido Vineyards and the Solomon Hills Vineyard are part of the Miller Family Wine Company, and both are right here in the Santa Maria Valley wine region. If that doesn’t get you to choose Santa Maria Valley for your next trip to wine country, we’re not sure what will!
Read this excerpt to learn more about why Nicholas Miller was selected for this prestigious award:
Now in its 23rd year, Wine Enthusiast’s premier award is one of the most prestigious global wine industry recognitions, honoring those people, companies and regions making outstanding contributions to the wine and beverage world. With nominations made across 15 different categories, Miller Family Wine Company’s Nicholas Miller was one of six individuals from around the world to be in the running for Wine Executive of the Year. Today, Wine Enthusiast announced that Nicholas Miller has been named the 2022 Wine Executive of the Year, recognized for his leadership, vision and involvement in both his family’s business and the Central Coast wine community.
As Chief Sales & Marketing Officer & Executive Vice President for Miller Family Wine Company, Miller has brought innovation, growth and strategic planning to his family’s multigenerational business, guiding the company through recent acquisitions, exclusive partnerships and exciting new brand launches. These significant contributions include co-supervising the acquisition of BNA Wine Group’s collection of wines, including the popular Butternut brand, which helped the organization gain a stronger foothold in the chain grocery channel, as well his efforts cementing the partnership with DTC-focused Scout & Cellar to launch their first wholesale offering, Scout Wild. Miller has also been instrumental to the launches of such new brands as optik, established with esteemed winemaker Joey Tensley; Hand on Heart, a non-alcoholic wine collaboration with Iron Chef Cat Cora innovating the zero-ABV wine space; and Reciprocity, a recently launched label featuring wines exclusively sourced from the organic and sustainably-farmed French Camp Vineyard in Paso Robles, which represents the company’s key expansion into the organic wine space. In addition, Miller has been co-developing a brand-new hospitality center at the renowned Bien Nacido Vineyards, set to debut in Spring 2023, which will coincide with the vineyard’s 50th anniversary.