Greg Lill, longtime president and CEO of DeLille Cellars, last week passed the reins of the Woodinville winery to former chief operating officer, Tom Dugan.
With Lill at the helm for the past 25 years, DeLille often has been highly acclaimed by critics and even won the Wine Press Northwest’s 2017 Washington Winery of the Year award.
“We are very grateful for Greg’s contributions to DeLille Cellars and the Washington wine industry,” Chris Upchurch, co-founder and executive winemaker said in a statement. “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.”
Dugan spent three years in his role as COO getting to know the team at DeLille and said he is eager to move forward in his new position.
“We have a great team, and I’m excited to continue DeLille’s tradition of producing wines that express quintessential Washington fruit with French influence,” Dugan said. “I look forward to continuing to build our organization and DeLille’s national presence; the winery has a very promising future, and there is a strong legacy to continue that could not have been possible without Greg Lill.”
Lill and his sister, Pat Lill Jorgenson, will remain actively involved in the long-term vision of DeLille Cellars. Lill also will focus on managing and developing his family’s real estate business, which includes the Chateau property in Woodinville currently leased by DeLille.
To learn more about DeLille Cellars, visit the winery online.