March 08, 2024

Delicato Family Wines Welcomes Alex Ryan as New Independent Director

Bringing Strategic Vision and Industry Leadership to Drive Future Growth

NAPA, Calif., March 8th, 2024 – Delicato Family Wines, one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing family-owned and -operated wineries, announces the appointment of a new Independent Director – industry veteran Alex Ryan, to the Winery’s Board of Directors, effective immediately.

“As a long-time admirer of Alex Ryan, I am personally delighted to welcome him to the Board of Directors. With his outstanding tenure in the industry, Alex’s strategic vision and leadership have not only set new standards in the wine industry but also laid a foundation for sustainable growth, making him an invaluable addition to our team,” said Chris Indelicato, Chief Executive Officer. “Alex will be an important asset as we continue to innovate and build our fine-wine portfolio and scale the winery. I am excited about the future, working closely with Alex to further our mission of becoming a leading, family-owned winery, with a portfolio of brands consumers love.”

With a 35-year tenure at The Duckhorn Portfolio, Alex Ryan has played a pivotal role in elevating it to a premier luxury wine company in North America. Beginning his journey in viticulture after graduating from California State University, Fresno, Alex advanced to key positions, driving Duckhorn’s evolution from a modest venture to a beacon of luxury wine.

His leadership was marked by strategic expansions and launching acclaimed brands, always emphasizing wine quality. Alex’s impactful contribution to the wine industry has been acknowledged with several accolades, including being named among the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the U.S. Wine Industry” and “Wine Executive of the Year.”

Alex Ryan shares, “Joining Delicato’s Board of Directors is exciting. I’m impressed by their decade of sustained growth and the way their family-oriented culture echoes my own values. It’s clear that Delicato prioritizes quality at every level, from vineyard to consumer. I look forward to contributing to their continued success and furthering the excellence they’re known for in the wine industry.”

Delicato’s Board of Directors combines independent oversight with family heritage, featuring Michael Mondavi as chairman, independent directors Bruce Chizen and Clarice Turner, and family representatives Jay Indelicato, Marie Mathews, and Cheryl Indelicato, alongside Francis Ford Coppola. Alex Ryan joins this distinguished group as an independent director, bringing a wealth of experience and strategic insight to the already strong team.

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Delicato Family Wines is a fourth-generation, family-owned company founded in 1924 and ranks among the largest wine companies in the U.S. Delicato’s diversified portfolio of leading wine brands includes Bota Box, Coppola Diamond Collection, Noble Vines, Gnarly Head, Z. Alexander Brown, Coppola Director’s Cut, Black Stallion, Three Finger Jack, Sofia, 1924, and Schmitt Söhne Family Wines (Germany). Transcendent Wines, Delicato’s fine wine portfolio, includes such luxury brands as Black Stallion Limited Release (Napa) and Diora (Monterey, Calif.) in addition to imported luxury estate wines such as Stoneleigh (New Zealand) and Torbreck Vintners (Australia). For more information, visit and follow on LinkedIn ( and Facebook (