John Moramarco, the longtime senior vice president and general manager of Callaway Vineyard & Winery in Southern California's Temecula appellation, retired on Jan 1.
Callaway, owned by Allied Domecq USA's Wine Alliance, is Temecula's largest winery, producing 300,000 cases a year -- more than the valley's 12 other wineries combined. It is best known for its Sauvignon Blanc.
Moramarco's career in the wine industry spans nearly seven decades, starting with his family's wineries and vineyards in Southern California. In 1968, he convinced Ely Callaway to purchase 150 acres in Temecula and plant the first vineyards of what was to become the Callaway winery. For the next 30 years, Moramarco was a driving force in the growth of Callaway and of Temecula's wine industry.
Moramarco will continue in a consulting role with Callaway. A search is underway for a new vice president and general manager.
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