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Roche Winery
122 West Spain Street
Sonoma, CA 95476

(707) 935-7115
(800) 825-9475
(707) 935-7846 fax

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Meet the Staff

Brendan Roche

General Manager
Having been bossed around by his three older sisters for all of his life, Brendan uses this experience to help him in his delegation duties as General Manager. This broad managing role requires Brendan to wear many different hats here from managing over 120 acres of vineyard, 400 acres of cattle-grazing property, and all of the winery operations. All of this keeps Brendan very busy but he always finds time for his favorite task as General Manager… tasting the latest Roche vintages.

Mara Roche

Director of Hospitality
Described as ‘enthusiastic’ by the San Francisco Chronicle, you’re always sure to hear Mara’s laughter echo throughout the winery. Mara loves a good party, and loves to throw them as well. She also loves to help our customer’s create “the perfect wine country event.” One of her favorite jobs is helping customers work with the wine country’s best chefs to pair our wines with the menu of their choice. Many ask where Mara learned her talent for pairing wines with food. She shrugs and says, “It comes from growing up in a big family. A normal dinner at my grandmother’s house was a twenty-person meal. I was her sous-chef. She was this little woman that had strict standards, but never measured a thing. She could duplicate any recipe, just by taste.”

David Gistelli

Account Manager
David joined the Roche sales team in April of 2006. In addition to his love of great wine, David’s other passions are entertaining, cooking, and music, so don’t be suprised when you see him jump behind the drums or grill at one of our BBQ’s! Email: david@rochewinery.com


Jill Silvestri

Account Manager
A lover of wine for years, Jill joins the Roche team following careers in office administration and human resources. She is a longtime resident of the North Bay and has fond memories of growing up traveling with her parents throughout Sonoma and Napa visiting small, family-run wineries. Jill is a fan of traveling, cooking, and of course, enjoying amazing wines. Her favorite Roche wine? Well that would be our limited production Carneros Pinot Noir. Email: jill@rochewinery.com

Jason Klein

Director of Marketing & Business Development
Prior to joining Roche a few years back, Jason marketed baseball bats for Easton Sports, SuperDuty F-Series trucks for Ford, and even wine for E&J Gallo. Now working for a smaller, family-run winery, he is extremely happy and will tell you he has found his “dream job” at Roche. Full of energy, you will often see Jason running around the winery to help with this or that. Jason’s favorite Roche wine? “Our Roche Carneros Estate Merlots – always full of fruit! My wife and I just love them.”

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