About us.

In the heart of Washington State, we own, hand harvest, and groom over 3,000 acres of estate-grown vineyards within the Ancient Lakes and Wahluke Slope. Our attention to detail and focus on each grape that enters our state-of-the-art wineries guarantee every bottle of wine we produce is done with delicacy and love. By taking our fruit in its prime, we exemplify the true character of our estate vineyards and display Washington’s maximum potential by way of supreme wines.

We are a proud woman owned
and operated business

Washington Wine Group is a proud majority woman owned and operated business.

The leaders who bring our brands to life.

 Meet our expert team of talented creatives.

Heather White

Founder/President

Born and raised in Northern California, Heather found her roots in growing up near some of the most prestigious areas being Napa and Sonoma.  

  Heather’s passion for wine began with her travels worldwide, being exposed to the best wine growing regions in the world.

  Before the age Heather’s of Thirty, Heather had already been over 35 countries and had a deep passion for food, wine & travel, where she met her husband, Jonathan, who owned a wine company in California. 

  Her understanding of different cultures, food, and people was what Heather continued her interest in making her wines. Heather started her own company by taking her experiences worldwide to produce wines of exceptional quality.  She instantly fell in love with the wines of Washington. 

  Today, her passion is in growing our portfolio of wines that she owns and produce from our estate farmed vineyards and wineries. 

  Besides her tenacity and strength, her focus is on growing the awareness of the incredible quality of the wines that Washington State delivers.

 

Main Responsibilities

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT
Overseeing Director
MARKET InTElligence

Jonathan White

Founder/Chief Executive Officer

Jonathan’s history came from growing up in California’s famous wine-growing region of Sonoma County.

  After ten years of leading in the corporate wine world, Jonathan decided to go back to his entrepreneurial roots and take the plunge to start his own wine company in 2012.  

  Jonathan’s wine brands grew and became recognized as some of the fastest-growing in the industry. The people behind him all agree this was all due to the intense passion he had from the vineyards to the grapes, to his sincere love for the wines he made.

  In 2018, Jonathan decided to sell his businesses, but his never-ending love for the wine industry and the friends he made over his 20 years in the industry brought him back; but this time to Washington. The extraordinary quality of grapes, vineyards, and potential brought him to where he is now. From Estate grown vineyards the wines express Washington’s incredible (and sometimes overlooked) exquisite quality.

  When Jonathan is not living on a plane to see our valuable clients or be at the wineries, Jonathan loves spending time with his gorgeous wife, Heather, and their two amazing French bulldogs, Lulu and Beckham.

  Family, wine, quality, community, and fun are what Jonathan believes Washington Wine Group’s foundation is built on.

Main Responsibilities

Corporate Management
BRAND DEVELOPMENT
Strategy Implementation

Brandon Rice

Chief Operating Officer

Brandon started his wine career at  Snoqualmie Winery in Prosser, Washington.

  Brandon went to being the Assistant Winemaker at Goose Ridge, where he was asked to come work for Jerry Milbrandt. He asked if Brandon would come on board to build a new Custom Crush Processing Facility in George, Washington, now known as Ancient Lake Wine Company. After breaking ground in 2014, Brandon and his team built the winery with a focus on creating wines of incredible quality for some of the best wine producers from over 3,500 acres of premium vineyards.

  In 2017, Brandon took over as Director of Winemaking at Wahluke Wine Company, focusing on the barrel project for Ultra-Premium wines.

  Now overseeing both facilities, the two wineries focus on highlighting Washington States’ ability to produce exceptional quality at an unparalleled value.

  When Brandon isn’t nose deep in harvest and operations, he spends his spare time traveling and enjoying all outdoor activities in the Wenatchee area with his three daughters Calie, Bentlee, and Carter.

Main Responsibilities

Operations Management
CATEGORY MANAGEMENT
Performance Evaluation

Joe Soleau

Vice President

Joe has based his 17-year career on the philosophy of knowledge through education and experience holding certifications from ISG and CMS. He entered the industry in 2004 with Unique Wine Co. as Sales Account Manager cultivating relationships over the next 5 years. In 2009, with the intent to diversify industry knowledge, Joe transitioned to Food and Beverage Manager, Wine Director at Overlake GCC, ultimately moving on to work as a lead Sommelier for one of Seattle’s flagship Steakhouses.

   In 2015, Joe accepted a position with Walla Walla’s finest Estate Wineries to launch the brand Secret Squirrel and manage National Sales for Corliss Estates and Tranche Cellars. Over the past several years, Joe has Managed National Sales and Distribution for Milbrandt Family Wines, recently being promoted to Vice President for Washington Wine Group.

   Though work demands extensive travel, he enjoys experiencing the unique beauty each state/town provides, continually seeking out their local cuisine. Joe is a devoted father to three exceptional children Lucas, Nicholas, and Ashlyn. In his free time, Joe enjoys golf, traveling (outside of work….), and spending time with his family, often escaping to their cabin in the Cascades Mountains.

Main Responsibilities

Daily Operations
Business Development
Sales Innovation

Jonathan Cavanaugh

Director of Marketing

Jon hails from the small town of Milton right outside of Boston, Ma. a little far away from our good old state of Washington. 

  He started his wine & spirit industry career at one of the oldest distributors in the country Ruby Wines as a part-time point of sale designer. Over time he proved himself worthy of a full-time position as a production designer working with Portfolio Managers to help drive sales and develop some of the largest brands in our industry today. This is when he met Jonathan White who was starting his own path. Jon gained some extraordinary knowledge from Ruby that other companies took notice of. He was offered a new position at another wine distributor as their Marketing Manager. Here he developed their marketing department from infancy into one of the more reputable departments in the Northeast.

  Fast forward to today… With over 15 years working in the wine & spirits industry he built not only his talent but his professionalism and ability to connect with people and develop long standing relationships. Just as he did a long time ago when he met our CEO they are working together again building brands that everyone will love.

  Jon’s true passion when not at his desk is being a family man to his twin boys James & Charlie and beautiful wife Katherine. They have a great time together and are always smiling and keeping busy which is what life’s all about…

Main Responsibilities

Art Direction, Design & Marketing
Brand building
Collaboration

Robin Chiprez

Director of Finance

Robin began her career in the wine industry administrative position in 2008, where she began her employment with Wahluke Wine Company.

  With the help of fantastic mentors throughout the years, she was educated to manage several different roles. In the Spring of 2016, she transferred into the Financial Controller role for Milbrandt Family Wines and recently became the Director of Finance for Washington Wine Group.

  Today she resides in Washington State with her family and is currently attending Western Governor Unversity.

Main Responsibilities

Financial Planning & Analysis
Controllership
Treasury

Chad Arnold

Portfolio Sales Manager

Chad was born in the heart of Washington Wine Country, where his early dreams were to be a big leaguer pitching in the majors. With his talent and ambition taking him to Washington State University (Go Cougs), he set his mind on that goal. Unfortunately, due to sub-zero temperatures playing baseball in Pullman and a less than ideal ulnar collateral ligament, those dreams were stifled.

   After graduating with a major in Sociology and a minor in flip cup (kidding!), he returned to wine country in 2011, where he worked a harvest as a cellar worker. It was there, in the trenches of the 2011 harvest, where he learned all the hard work and passion that goes into winemaking, from the vineyard to wine production. Shortly after, he moved his knowledge of production to the delicious world of French fries as a Quality Supervisor at Lamb Weston. A few years in at Lamb Weston, he was drafted by Brandon Rice to spread his wealth of knowledge amongst the Milbrandt entities, because French fries and wine… same, same, right?!

   Chad’s true passion and purpose lies at home with his beautiful winemaker wife Nicole (high school sweet hearts for the win!) and two rambunctious daughters, Elliott (age 5 going on 14) and Blake (threenager). Just as he is crafting a future for his family, Chad shares that same passion about promoting the exceptional quality that Washington can produce, and with this passion and a wolfpack rooted friendship, grew Washington Wine Group (WWG).

Main Responsibilities

Relationship Development
Product Education
Sales & Distribution growth

Ryan Hill

Portfolio Sales Manager

Ryan landed in the Washington wine industry in 2014, while starting in the cellar and then managing a tasting room. Ryan transitioned to our wine facility in Ancient Lakes, where he focused on selling our premium wines to other wineries and producers. He became well versed in all thirty single vineyards that we own and the quality of the wines we produce. Ryan prides himself on being able to have a conversation with anyone. With this attribute, Ryan can create long-lasting business relationships and friendships that extend outside of work. While he is quick, witty, outgoing, and determined, Ryan, is also a true champion of Washington wines and is excited to be a part of Washington Wine Group.

   Ryan has two beautiful daughters, Skylar and Zoey. He is also blessed to have his amazing wife, Courtney, to share a laugh within their home. Those three girls have his whole heart.

Main Responsibilities

Relationship Development
Product Education
Sales & Distribution growth

Cali Lesher

Director of Inventory Logistics

Cali started working for Wahluke Wine Company in 2012 as an administrative assistant, where she learned much about logistics, warehousing, and operations for the winery.

  In 2015, Cali moved to Texas to focus on raising her young family.

  She joined Milbrandt Family Wines in the Spring of 2019 as Director of Inventory Logistics, and we are grateful to have her manage the same role with us at Washington Wine Group.

Main Responsibilities

inventory analysis
Logistics Management
Warehouse Management