DeLille Cellars, one of Woodinville’s founding wineries, announced that co-founder Greg Lill transferred his role as president and CEO and his management responsibilities to Tom Dugan, effective immediately. Dugan previously served as general manager and chief operating officer of DeLille.
“We are very grateful for Greg’s contributions to DeLille Cellars and the Washington wine industry,” said Chris Upchurch, co-founder and executive winemaker. “Our team will continue to forge the path we set forth on when we founded the winery in 1992: making exceptional and uncompromising wine from this ‘Grand Cru’ wine region and showcasing the unique and powerful terroir of Washington State.”
“We’re highly confident in the team we’ve built, which has been under Tom’s direction for the last three years, and we know Tom will maintain the winery’s tradition of quality and excellence in his new role,” said Jay Soloff, co-founder and vice president of sales and marketing. “We’re thankful that Greg will be here for continued counsel and support as a winery owner, and as we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we’re appreciative of everything we’ve accomplished together as an organization and as an industry.”
DeLille is consistently ranked as one of the premier wineries in Washington, recently collecting some of the highest scores of any winery from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, including a 97-point score for its 2014 Shaw Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and an additional fifteen 90+-point scores across its portfolio of wines. Additionally, DeLille Cellars was named the 2017 Washington Winery of the Year by Wine Press Northwest.