Lenny & Meg Cecere

Owners

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Jenna LaVita

Winemaker and Vineyard Manager

Jenna is learning a lot by tuning in to the ecosystem and experiences affecting her while at Ventosa. She mainly aims for balance in craft, but is hoping to progress the wines that are born here by understanding their connection to the world at large. “The smell of wine, oh how much more delicate, cheerful, gratifying, celestial and delicious it is…than that of oil.”

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Michael D. Cecere

RJ Passalacqua

General Manager

RJ feels fortunate enough to have grown up in Geneva in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region. After graduating from college and spending some time out West and in Florida, he found himself back home.

RJ worked in the hospitality industry for many years before being introduced to Ventosa Vineyards in the spring of 2005. He was hired to manage Ventosa Vineyards as the facility was being built. This was a lot of work and it was a great day for RJ when Ventosa opened its doors on September 25, 2005.

RJ considers himself extremely lucky to have found such a wonderful job that he absolutely loves in the place he grew up. Working for the Cecere family has been an amazing journey thus far. Ventosa has a wonderful staff of great people and we look forward to welcoming you to Ventosa Vineyards for some excellent wine and food in the near future!

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Karen Rice

Winery Director

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Nick Parish

Executive Chef - La Vista e' Bella Ballroom

As a native to the Finger Lakes area Chef Nicholas found his calling to cuisine in the local restaurant scene. After a few years in the industry and a term of military service, Chef Nicholas graduated from the world famous Le Cordon Blue Culinary Academy as Valedictorian. Upon completion of formal culinary training Nicholas then spent time in top tier restaurants all up and down the east coast to hone his craft. In 2013 he relocated back to Finger Lakes area where he then accepted the Executive Chef position at the beautiful and award winning Ventosa Vineyards. While developing a deep passion throughout his career for locally sourced ingredients and sustainable farming, Nicholas has since started his own Organic farm just outside of Penn Yan of which he supplies the local restaurants and markets with some of finest organic produce the area has to offer.

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