Bundschu Company Announces Three Key Sales and Brand Management Hires


SONOMA, Calif. (March 23, 2021) – Bundschu Company, a sixth-generation family-owned winery and parent company of California’s oldest family-owned winery, Gundlach Bundschu, welcomes Nora Torki DiMinno, Steve DuToit and Laura Gabriel to the 160-plus-year-old business.

Nora Torki DiMinno will manage the West Coast region for the Bundschu Company and be responsible for growing, developing and maintaining business relationships, while Steve DuToit will manage the South Central Region business relationships for the Bundschu Company, in identifying key accounts both on/off and chain accounts. . Closer to home, Laura Gabriel joins the team as Brand Manager and will oversee and manage the company’s portfolio of wine brands. His position will include brand strategy, development of long-term brand growth and portfolio growth.

“People are at the center of what we do, and I’m honored that Steve, Nora and Laura, with all their combined talent and experience, have decided to join our growing company,” said Katie Bundschu, Director of Bundschu Company marketing and communications. . “Combined, Steve and Nora have over 30 years of wholesale experience, while Laura comes to us with a unique understanding of building brands in both DTC and wholesale. We have significant growth ambitions. for our business over the next five years, including tripling volume through our wholesale channel. With the addition of these key hires, we are positioning ourselves to support this anticipated growth.”

Nora joins the company from her last position at Signorello Estate as National and International Sales Director for the United States and Canada. Previously, she worked with The Winebow Group as Regional Sales Manager for the West with the Import Division. She oversaw a 12-state region and a team of seven. Nora is based in Marina del Rey, CA.

Steve is a wine industry veteran with five years of distributor sales experience and 12 years of multi-state regional supplier experience, including time with Legends Spirits, Vintage Point and Hundred Acre Wine Group, where he developed market plans and maintained relationships with key vendors. local chain accounts and independent retailers. Steve is a Certified Sommelier and has completed his WSET Level II. He works and is based in Dallas, Texas.

Laura joins Bundschu Company after spending the last four years at Huneeus Vintners. Most recently, Marketing Director of Quintessa in Napa, she developed a global omnichannel strategy to drive thoughtful growth in wholesale, export, membership and e-commerce. Laura is also co-founder of Paper Planes Wine Company, a business she and her husband started over seven years ago, where she led the ideation, development and sales strategy for the Paper Planes brands, Hidden Track and Flight School. Prior to Huneeus Vintners, Laura worked for Treasury Wine Estates as a brand manager. She is WSET Level II Certified and is a Roots Fund Mentor.

About Bundschu

Since 1858, the company has embodied the belief that quality wine should not be separated from experience, but that one enhances and connects the other. Since then, the multi-generational company has deliberately developed an intentionally small portfolio of wineries and brands that each embody this spirit in unique ways, including Gundlach Bundschu, Abbot’s Passage, Towle Wine Company and Huichica Music Festival. As the Bundschu company honors the family heritage, it seeks the future by cultivating a diverse group of brands and businesses at the intersection of premium wines and experiences, investing in innovation and sustainable practices and championing the next generation of diverse leaders. For more information, visit www.bundschu.com


Cathy W. Howerton