Corey Manning, Co-Owner and President
Corey grew up in the wine business and always worked at the winery, but didn’t get exposed to the sales aspect of the business until 1991 when he moved to Southern California to work with his sister, Dawn. His initial position working as a merchandiser for the private label wines at Trader Joe’s exposed him to the intricacies customer buying patterns. Next came a turn developing private label brands for Von’s Grocery Co. and then the challenge of selling wines outside California.
Moving back to Northern California in 2003, he supervised the extensive winery facility expansion. In 2004, he accepted the post of President, moving fully into an operational role in 2005.
Corey is married to Emily, the love of his life. Together, they have four boys that fill their house with nonstop activities. They live locally on a 3 acre farm that is dedicated to growing organic fruit and vegetables for the area’s homeless shelters. Much of their free time is dedicated to their overwhelming sense of civic duties.
Dawn Manning, Co-Owner and President of Sales
Born in New York to Tom and Diane Manning, Dawn was the only girl among her three brothers.
Beginning in 1984, Dawn Manning began her career at Chateau Diana with four years working alongside her parents to learn the internal operations of the winery – working on the bottling line, loading trucks, sweeping the floors, administration assistance and, her most valued time, assisting her brother, Craig, in his winemaking duties.
Dawn relocated to Southern California in 1988 to open Chateau Diana’s National Sales and Marketing Office. Her travel throughout the United States, to develop a network of retailers and distributors, is where she really learned the value of relationships and the power of your word. In 2001, Dawn and her brother, Corey, assumed the daily operation and management of Chateau Diana. Together, they continue their parents’ legacy. Today, Dawn spends her day managing the sales of the winery, approaching sales by listening to her customers’ changing needs, quickly and nimbly responding.
One of her greatest joys is seeing the third generation start to make their stamp on the future success of the winery. Family has always been the most motivating part of Dawn’s life – working in a family business… and with honored customers who feel like family.
Donna Gibson, Chief Financial Officer
Seeing an immediate need, Donna jumped on the Chateau Diana bottling line in 1982, and has been a hands-on participant ever since. A wide variety of subsequent responsibilities prepared her for her current position as Chief Financial Officer of this family-owned business.
A Healdsburg native, but now a Cloverdale resident, she spends free time with her family enjoying the greater Sonoma County landscape—camping, gardening, fishing and cooking.
Dawne Sacchetti, Winemaker
“I want to live here!” Dawne Sacchetti exclaimed on first seeing the Pacific Ocean. Leaving her Pennsylvania roots, to settle in California, her intent was to pursue graduate research work and further her scientific interests. Enjoying the experimental work, but feeling the call of vagabonding adventure, she donned her backpack and began an extended tour of Europe. Travelling in different countries and sailing across an ocean taught her many things, but most importantly, it opened her eyes to the appreciation of wine.
Upon returning to the Bay Area, Dawne eventually settled in the town of Sonoma, California, working in the lab at Buena Vista Winery, later leaving to take a position at Cline Cellars as Enologist— soon becoming Assistant Winemaker.
Early in 2003, the Manning family offered her the challenging post of Winemaker at Chateau Diana leaping at the opportunity to participate in the evolution of this rapidly growing brand. While creatively involved with new and existing brand development, determining and fine-tuning the wine profiles, she manages the daily operation of this medium-sized winery in Dry Creek Valley. Dawne approaches winemaking with the logic of a scientist and the curiosity of an adventurer.
Dawne lives with her husband, Peter, along the banks of the Russian River. A fan of live music concerts, she also enjoys cooking, backpacking, kayaking and getting “lost” in the West Coast back country.
José Arreola, Production Manager
In Jose’s decade-plus experience at other prestigious Sonoma County wineries (Simi, Souverain, Hanna) he planned, implemented and facilitated all bottling line operations, training and elevating his staff to his high standards. He keeps an ever-watchful eye over production and maintenance at Chateau Diana.
When away from work, José enjoys soccer, time with his family, and helping others.
Tracy Shelton, Logistics Coordinator
Tracy Shelton, our logistics coordinator, returned to California and her Chateau Diana family in 2015. Tracy works hand in hand with our freight partners to ensure a quick, safe travel towards their final destination throughout the world.
Tracy enjoys an active life with her boyfriend Billy and their combined 5 boys. Everything from College to tee ball, camping to golf she lives a very active life and loves every minute of it.
Rena Wallace, Compliance Specialist
Born and raised in the heart of Mendocino County's wine country, Rena has been immersed in the industry all her life. Her personal wine journey began far earlier than most, as she spent her childhood running around the cellars and vineyards of Parducci Winery assisting her grandmother with various tasks. Later, while in high school she helped out in the office and learned the fundamentals of winery administration. Many great connections and lifelong relationships were built in those early years.
In 2003, Rena began consulting for start-up wineries, breweries, distilleries and importer/exporter companies specializing in direct to consumer sales strategy, fiscal management and regulatory compliance. She has worked with several reputable beverage brands throughout California over the years and loves the many nuances of the beverage industry.
Rena's experiences along her personal wine journey have led her to the current role of Compliance Specialist and Team Support here at Chateau Diana. Her unique skill set and extensive industry expertise make her a valuable asset to our team.
Rena has three children; Loralai, Colton and Triston. They enjoy many outdoor activities together including camping, hiking, backpacking and swimming in the warmer months. She is a retired Roller Girl, yes that's right... Roller Derby! She can often be found skating one of the many outdoor trails throughout Sonoma County... With or without the kiddos! She is a collector of local craft and luxury wines and loves to create culinary delights to pair with them.
Mark Chisholm, National Sales Manager
Passionate, energetic and personable, Mark brings 20 years of New York State market savvy experience to Chateau Diana. He understands sales is all about relationships, enjoys being a team player, and believes in leading by example. He also knows that wine education for those that are selling it is vital to the success of those brands. Mark's goal is to teach, train, and educate about wine every day to anyone that will listen. In addition to years of direct selling & distribution management, Mark has formal merchandising training and believes displays should be inviting to consumers by being informative, fun, neat, and clearly priced with multiple varietals in each display. He brings his smile and his "A" game everywhere he goes. When he isn’t spreading the gospel of wine and wine marketing, Mark enjoys music, hiking, sports, traveling, museums, and craft beer. He loves spending time with his Family and Friends and resides 40 miles northwest of New York City, in beautiful Warwick NY.
Kevin Nissen, Regional Sales Manager (NY & NJ)
Wherever he goes, Kevin easily starts conversations with people of varied interests and backgrounds. His love of selling wine began nearly 30 years ago, since which time he has acquired a wealth of knowledge, passion and wine industry contacts throughout the northeast. Coming from an earlier career in the restaurant industry, he was perfectly suited for the transition to wine sales. He experiences much success venturing into untapped on- and off-premise locations, hearing the client’s vision and needs, and marrying that with the company goals. He equally rises to the challenge of showing existing clients how they can succeed by adding to their wine portfolio. A creative, energetic, and hard working person, he brings insights to the industry, keeping the experience fresh and exciting for both client and the company sales team alike. Kevin resides in Great River, NY, with his wife and son. The joy of his life- his first granddaughter- is always close to his heart and home, living nearby with his daughter and son-in-law. In his spare time Kevin enjoys keeping fit, road distance cycling, and spending time with family and friends.
Jeff Pitrman, Director of New Business Development
After ten years of working with Chateau Diana, Jeff's favorite part of the job is still talking to distributors from all over the country. From the skyscrapers of the busiest cities to the quietest rural valleys, every market is its own unique culture. Our loyal customers and hard-working distributors make our wines a success and we're here to support them!
Crystal Marceau, Product Sourcing Specialist
A Southern California Native, at the age of 20 Crystal decided to venture out into the world to see what was out there. She found herself in Napa Valley and began her career in the Wine Industry. She spent the last 13 years on the supply side working with various wineries and developing lifelong relationships. After getting married to her husband, also a southern California native, the two decided to move back to their hometown in Southern California and start their life together amongst their family and friends. Shortly after returning home Crystal stumbled upon a position opening in Chateau Diana’s Southern California office and couldn’t be more thrilled at the opportunity to get back into the industry that she loved. In her off time Crystal and her husband enjoy attending car shows, cruises, and race events with their car club.
Alison Michnevich, Director of DTC
With over 17 years in the wine industry, Alison feels most enthusiastic and passionate in the area of wine sales and winery hospitality. Alison prides herself in delivering impeccable customer service, memorable and educational guest experiences with most of all, lots of fun!
Growing up in Sonoma County, Alison has a huge passion for our local wine industry. You will often find her on her days off wine tasting and enjoying Sonoma County cuisine. She loves traveling, family time, and with three active boys, spending time at their sporting events.
Andrea Stuart, Wine Club Manager
“We fell in love with wine.” Andrea Stuart and her husband made their first trip up to Healdsburg in March of 2009. Their love of food and wine kept them coming back to Healdsburg year after year. Their desire to learn more about the wine making process led them to our local junior college where they took some courses in wine. Over the years they continued to fall in love with all that Sonoma County had to offer, so in 2013 they decided to make the big move from Santa Cruz and the rest is history.
Having always been an avid cook Andrea has brought a culinary component to our team that we haven’t had in the past. She has now been dubbed the Martha Stewart of Chateau Diana. You can find her wandering the grounds or picking flowers and veggies for our events. While she is not at home preparing organic meals for her husband and son, Oliver, she is catering to her Chateau Diana family.
Sue Straight, Tasting Room Manager
Sue is enjoying a career that has spanned over 30 years in sales, marketing and management. Sue also writes for Wine Country This Week Magazine, does freelance writing projects and writes her own wine blog as The Wine Wench®, www.wine-wench.com.
Throughout her career, Sue has judged numerous wine competitions, including the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, International Women’s Wine Competition, Pacific Rim Wine Competition, Grand Harvest Awards and more.
When not busy with wine, Sue can be found rambling the vineyards with her trusty dog Lola, cooking delicious meals for her family and friends (total foodie) or singing and playing harmonica with various local bands. She has been known to bust out a harmonica in the tasting room from time to time.
Sue’s mission in life has been to gently educate people about wine. One of her favorite sayings is “Wine should be fun!”