Women of Wine
Women of Wine - Diora

Cheryl Indelicato

Vineyard Owner, Diora

Cheryl Indelicato is the family brand ambassador and one of the vineyard owners at Delicato. As part of one of California's oldest winemaking families, Cheryl grew up in the wine industry, doing odd jobs at the winery and in the vineyards with her siblings and cousins. Cheryl serves as the Monterey representative to the California Wine Institute, is a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier and is a past President (2009, 2010) and past board member of the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association. Cheryl currently lives in Monterrey, not far from the vineyards where we grow the grapes that go into making Diora. She has been instrumental in developing the Diora wine program, including the vineyard replanting and small lot winery investment.

Women of Wine - Diora

Cheryl Indelicato

Vineyard Owner, Diora

Cheryl Indelicato is the family brand ambassador and one of the vineyard owners at Delicato. As part of one of California's oldest winemaking families, Cheryl grew up in the wine industry, doing odd jobs at the winery and in the vineyards with her siblings and cousins. Cheryl serves as the Monterey representative to the California Wine Institute, is a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier and is a past President (2009, 2010) and past board member of the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association. Cheryl currently lives in Monterrey, not far from the vineyards where we grow the grapes that go into making Diora. She has been instrumental in developing the Diora wine program, including the vineyard replanting and small lot winery investment.

Women of Wine - Tribute

Helen "Bluie" Benziger

Founder, Tribute

Helen was born in NYC in the early 1920s. She was part of the "Greatest Generation." She met her husband, Bruno Benziger, at the end of World War II, where they fell in love and were married several years later.

She was an only child, and because of this, she promised herself that she would have a big family to compensate. Boy, did she over-deliver! Helen was the matriarch to 7 children, five boys & two girls, but her love was boundless, and it extended to their entire winery. She moved out to California without ever seeing the property that would be her winery. She had a fantastic sense of adventure, and she willingly gave up a comfortable life in the suburbs of Manhattan to start a new life in the rough but bucolic hills of Sonoma County. Helen kept the winery running thru her boundless love and cooking. She kept everyone fed; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. As the winery grew, and new employees join our ranks, Helen would set another plate at the table for them. She cooked lunch every day for the whole winery for over 20 years, that's 60 -70 people per day!

Helen was more than just a cook; she was the beating heart of the winery. She had an effortless grace about her. She was always a lady, never vulgar but open and always approachable. She was an arch-type central to Tribute's success, the calming ying to her husband's maverick yang. She was the queen of hospitality. She treated everyone with honest sincerity, from the errant delivery person to top executives; you were treated with her ebullient love. She charmed them all. In fact, they still have a mantra today that goes, "What would Helen do?" when faced with a challenging hospitality issue.

Helen passed away in the Spring of 2000 at 73, surrounded by her entire family. She loved her family right up to her last breath. Her legacy lives on, in not only her family but in the employees that make the winery so special and a family.

Women of Wine - Tribute

Helen "Bluie" Benziger

Founder, Tribute

Helen was born in NYC in the early 1920s. She was part of the "Greatest Generation." She met her husband, Bruno Benziger, at the end of World War II, where they fell in love and were married several years later.

She was an only child, and because of this, she promised herself that she would have a big family to compensate. Boy, did she over-deliver! Helen was the matriarch to 7 children, five boys & two girls, but her love was boundless, and it extended to their entire winery. She moved out to California without ever seeing the property that would be her winery. She had a fantastic sense of adventure, and she willingly gave up a comfortable life in the suburbs of Manhattan to start a new life in the rough but bucolic hills of Sonoma County. Helen kept the winery running thru her boundless love and cooking. She kept everyone fed; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. As the winery grew, and new employees join our ranks, Helen would set another plate at the table for them. She cooked lunch every day for the whole winery for over 20 years, that's 60 -70 people per day!

Helen was more than just a cook; she was the beating heart of the winery. She had an effortless grace about her. She was always a lady, never vulgar but open and always approachable. She was an arch-type central to Tribute's success, the calming ying to her husband's maverick yang. She was the queen of hospitality. She treated everyone with honest sincerity, from the errant delivery person to top executives; you were treated with her ebullient love. She charmed them all. In fact, they still have a mantra today that goes, "What would Helen do?" when faced with a challenging hospitality issue.

Helen passed away in the Spring of 2000 at 73, surrounded by her entire family. She loved her family right up to her last breath. Her legacy lives on, in not only her family but in the employees that make the winery so special and a family.

Women of Wine - Whitehaven

Sue White

Proprietor, Whitehaven

Sue White and her husband Greg shared a singular vision of starting a winery. Just as wineries were building a reputation for Marlborough, New Zealand in 1994, the Whites decided to sell everything and start a winery there. They left their corporate lives in banking and sailed around the Pacific for three years, settling in Marlborough. With their young daughter in tow, the Whites leased a small winery on the outskirts of Blenheim and brought Whitehaven to life.

Pouring everything they had into getting the brand established, the Whites experienced early success and outgrew their winery. They soon relocated to a new winery and vineyard in Blenheim, where they are still based today. Over the years, the Whites steadfastly built the legacy they had dreamed of - crafting award-winning, critically acclaimed wine. “Winemaking is more than owning a vineyard or making a great bottle of wine, it’s committing to a lifestyle,” said Sue. “I’d rather be making Sauvignon Blanc than socks!”

After the death of her husband in 2007, Sue took over the role of leading all aspects of the family business. Her determination to produce exceptional wine and continue building the Whitehaven name never wavered. Working with key partners in export markets around the world, Sue built a proud heritage for Whitehaven while achieving global notoriety for Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region.

Sue adopts a democratic approach to management allowing each individual to contribute fresh ideas and to flourish in their roles. Sue’s commitment to Whitehaven has carried the company to where it is today, a close-knit team that produces exceptional wines and a proud legacy for the White family.

Women of Wine - Whitehaven

Sue White

Proprietor, Whitehaven

Sue White and her husband Greg shared a singular vision of starting a winery. Just as wineries were building a reputation for Marlborough, New Zealand in 1994, the Whites decided to sell everything and start a winery there. They left their corporate lives in banking and sailed around the Pacific for three years, settling in Marlborough. With their young daughter in tow, the Whites leased a small winery on the outskirts of Blenheim and brought Whitehaven to life.

Pouring everything they had into getting the brand established, the Whites experienced early success and outgrew their winery. They soon relocated to a new winery and vineyard in Blenheim, where they are still based today. Over the years, the Whites steadfastly built the legacy they had dreamed of - crafting award-winning, critically acclaimed wine. “Winemaking is more than owning a vineyard or making a great bottle of wine, it’s committing to a lifestyle,” said Sue. “I’d rather be making Sauvignon Blanc than socks!”

After the death of her husband in 2007, Sue took over the role of leading all aspects of the family business. Her determination to produce exceptional wine and continue building the Whitehaven name never wavered. Working with key partners in export markets around the world, Sue built a proud heritage for Whitehaven while achieving global notoriety for Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region.

Sue adopts a democratic approach to management allowing each individual to contribute fresh ideas and to flourish in their roles. Sue’s commitment to Whitehaven has carried the company to where it is today, a close-knit team that produces exceptional wines and a proud legacy for the White family.

Women of Wine - Imagery

Jamie Benziger

Winemaker, Imagery Wines

Growing up between her family's two Sonoma wineries, it's no surprise that Jamie Benziger is blazing her own trail in the wine industry. After earning her degree in Marketing at Sonoma State University, she interned with Gundlach Bundschu Winery but soon learned her heart was in winemaking. Since, Jamie had the opportunity to work in the wine labs at St. Francis and Bogle, traveling to New Zealand to work harvest at Villa Maria. Returning home to Sonoma in 2015, Jamie had the opportunity to work alongside the most incredible winemaker she knows; her Dad, Joe Benziger. Mentored by her father and just as adventurous, Jamie is passionate about taking Imagery to a broader audience. In December 2017, Joe retired and Jamie took the reins as Winemaker. As the second-generation winemaker at Imagery, Jamie has been on a roll. Not only was she named the 2019 Best Woman Winemaker in the International Women’s Wine Competition, she was also included on Wine Enthusiast’s list of 40 Under 40 Tastemakers.

Women of Wine - Imagery

Jamie Benziger

Winemaker, Imagery Wines

Growing up between her family's two Sonoma wineries, it's no surprise that Jamie Benziger is blazing her own trail in the wine industry. After earning her degree in Marketing at Sonoma State University, she interned with Gundlach Bundschu Winery but soon learned her heart was in winemaking. Since, Jamie had the opportunity to work in the wine labs at St. Francis and Bogle, traveling to New Zealand to work harvest at Villa Maria. Returning home to Sonoma in 2015, Jamie had the opportunity to work alongside the most incredible winemaker she knows; her Dad, Joe Benziger. Mentored by her father and just as adventurous, Jamie is passionate about taking Imagery to a broader audience. In December 2017, Joe retired and Jamie took the reins as Winemaker. As the second-generation winemaker at Imagery, Jamie has been on a roll. Not only was she named the 2019 Best Woman Winemaker in the International Women’s Wine Competition, she was also included on Wine Enthusiast’s list of 40 Under 40 Tastemakers.

Women of Wine - Unshackled

Chrissy Wittmann

Director of Winemaking, Unshackled

Chrissy Wittmann came to winemaking in an unconventional way. After earning a B.S. in Ecology and Systematic Biology at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, the future winemaker found her love for wine while analyzing soil and waste water samples in a lab. After serving time as a laboratory enologist, Chrissy returned to Cal Poly, achieving her master’s degree in Agriculture.

Women of Wine - Unshackled

Chrissy Wittmann

Director of Winemaking, Unshackled

Chrissy Wittmann came to winemaking in an unconventional way. After earning a B.S. in Ecology and Systematic Biology at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, the future winemaker found her love for wine while analyzing soil and waste water samples in a lab. After serving time as a laboratory enologist, Chrissy returned to Cal Poly, achieving her master’s degree in Agriculture.

Women of Wine - Chalk Hill

Courtney Foley

Head of Winemaking, Chalk Hill

With deep roots at Chalk Hill, Courtney Foley leads the Estate Vineyards and Winery team with complete respect and appreciation for the property and its bounty. From a love of geology, to Chalk Hill wine on her table, her hands follow the dirt to the glass in her knowledge and dedication to Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery.

Courtney brings a decade of experience in enology, viticulture, winery general management and industry commercial understanding to Chalk Hill. Most recently, Courtney served as the winemaker and general manager of Foley Sonoma Winery in Alexander Valley. In this role, Courtney led brand development and architecture, wine style development, package design, and managed all hospitality and direct to consumer initiatives.

Courtney Foley is the youngest daughter of Chalk Hill Estate Proprietors Bill and Carol Foley, who purchased the iconic Sonoma County property in 2010. As her family's home for nearly ten years, Courtney has been surrounded by and fallen in love with Chalk Hill Estate's culture of wine, farm-to-table food, and the strong connection it has with family and friends.

When she is not making wine, Courtney enjoys reading, singing Karaoke, and exploring the beautiful California coastline on long hikes. Courtney also loves to travel, and dreams of road-tripping across the U.S. with her two dogs, Fritz and Penny, in tow. If Courtney isn't doing any of the above it is likely you can find her at a throwback 90s concert or cheering for the Vegas Golden Knights hockey team.

Women of Wine - Chalk Hill

Courtney Foley

Head of Winemaking, Chalk Hill

With deep roots at Chalk Hill, Courtney Foley leads the Estate Vineyards and Winery team with complete respect and appreciation for the property and its bounty. From a love of geology, to Chalk Hill wine on her table, her hands follow the dirt to the glass in her knowledge and dedication to Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery.

Courtney brings a decade of experience in enology, viticulture, winery general management and industry commercial understanding to Chalk Hill. Most recently, Courtney served as the winemaker and general manager of Foley Sonoma Winery in Alexander Valley. In this role, Courtney led brand development and architecture, wine style development, package design, and managed all hospitality and direct to consumer initiatives.

Courtney Foley is the youngest daughter of Chalk Hill Estate Proprietors Bill and Carol Foley, who purchased the iconic Sonoma County property in 2010. As her family's home for nearly ten years, Courtney has been surrounded by and fallen in love with Chalk Hill Estate's culture of wine, farm-to-table food, and the strong connection it has with family and friends.

When she is not making wine, Courtney enjoys reading, singing Karaoke, and exploring the beautiful California coastline on long hikes. Courtney also loves to travel, and dreams of road-tripping across the U.S. with her two dogs, Fritz and Penny, in tow. If Courtney isn't doing any of the above it is likely you can find her at a throwback 90s concert or cheering for the Vegas Golden Knights hockey team.

Women of Wine - Layer Cake

Nancy Walker

Winemaker, Layer Cake

Nancy Walker has been in the wine business for over 30 years. She graduated from UC Davis in 1984 with a BA in Bacteriology. After graduation Nancy immediately got a job as a cellar worker and worked on 100,000 cases right off the bat. This was just the start of her long, passionate career in wine making. Nancy has been making wine in California for longer than most people have lived in California. When she isn't knocking Birkenstocks with the hippies in Mendocino where she makes her home, Nancy travels the West working with various growers and winemakers and absorbing the regional and local differences that make each vineyard unique.

Women of Wine - Layer Cake

Nancy Walker

Winemaker, Layer Cake

Nancy Walker has been in the wine business for over 30 years. She graduated from UC Davis in 1984 with a BA in Bacteriology. After graduation Nancy immediately got a job as a cellar worker and worked on 100,000 cases right off the bat. This was just the start of her long, passionate career in wine making. Nancy has been making wine in California for longer than most people have lived in California. When she isn't knocking Birkenstocks with the hippies in Mendocino where she makes her home, Nancy travels the West working with various growers and winemakers and absorbing the regional and local differences that make each vineyard unique.