ABOUT US

Global Vineyard Importers was founded in the spring of 2001 and is based in Berkeley, California. The company’s vision then as it is now was to create a small, quality-oriented national importer specializing in family-owned, boutique wineries from South America with a focus on regionality and diversity.

We are fortunate to import and represent in the U.S. some of the very best wineries from among the most talented winemakers working in South America.

We specialize in introducing and creating markets for interesting, up-and-coming varietals such as Carmenere, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Carignan and Tannat, and the leading-edge, artisan wineries who produce them. Global Vineyard is uniquely positioned to introduce you to the wine stars of tomorrow.

OUR TEAM

Larry Challacombe
President and Co-Founder
With over 25 years experience as a successful executive in the wine business, Larry is well versed on fine wines of the world and is passionate about seeking out wines that communicate a sense of place. Prior to founding Global Vineyard Importers, Larry was Vice President of Sales & Marketing for A.G. Ferrari, an Italian wine and food importer and retailer. From his first job out of graduate school for the Gallo Wine Company, Larry has advanced to positions of increasing responsibility in the wine industry, including Vice President of Marketing for C. Mondavi & Sons (Charles Krug & C.K. Mondavi wines), Executive Director of the Oregon Wine Advisory Board, Director of Marketing for Beaulieu Vineyard, and Director of Marketing for the Western Schieffelin & Somerset organization. Having worked on the producer, supplier, importer and retail ends of the wine business, Larry has a clear understanding of the pressures that wholesalers, retailers and restaurateurs face. To succeed in an increasingly competitive and cluttered wine market, Larry believes it is critical to offer effective marketing and sales in addition to importing top-quality wines. Larry lives with his wife, Cathy, and their two Spinones, Aldo & Daisy, in Lafayette, California.
Email: Larry@globalvineyard.com

Tom Jung
Southern Regional Sales Manager – Eastern U.S.
Tom has had a passion for all things food and wine for nearly twenty years. After graduating from the prestigious New England Culinary Institute in 1991, he honed his skills learning the specialty food and wine trade in the retail setting in central New Jersey. Soon afterwards, he began representing many of the world’s top wineries as a sales representative in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This led to sales management positions for The Australian Premium Wine Collection and Vino del Sol where he enjoyed stellar sales growth while managing multiple states and markets across the Eastern U.S. and Canada. Tom resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife Georgette, and his three children, Andrew, Jocelyn and Jackson.
Email: Tom@globalvineyard.com

Dan Steffen
Midwest/ Mountain/ Pacific Northwest – Regional Sales Manager
Dan has lived nearly every aspect of the wine business over the past 25 years; restaurant, retail, wholesale, wholesale management and importing. He’s even made a little of his own wine with friends. Combine decades in the wine business with a Master’s Degree in History and Museum Studies and you find a guy passionate for wines that tell a story of, not just what’s in the bottle, but of the dirt, the people, and the culture. Before joining Global Vineyard Importers, Dan had spent the past eight years with the importer Kysela Pere et Fils and seven years before that as a rep, sales manager, and general manager at Purple Feet Wines in Pewaukee, WI. Dan enjoys family, photography, hunting and cooking. He lives in Madison, WI with his wife Christine, three sons (Ben, Julian & Samuel) and two cats (Squirrel & Possum).
Email: Dan@globalvineyard.com

Charlie Macko
Office Manager
Charlie moved to the Bay Area from Chicago where he previously worked in internal operations in general contracting, specializing in high-end restaurant construction. His current responsibilities for Global involve office management, finances and logistics. Charlie currently lives in Berkeley with his husband Taylor and their dog Milo, and has an envious two block commute to work.
Email: Charlie@globalvineyard.com

Krissy Miller
Administration
Originally from the Bay Area, Krissy returned after graduating from California State Long Beach to pursue a career in the wine industry. In her current role with Global Krissy handles A/R duties, as well as inventory and order management. She got her start with VinFillment (formerly Vintrust) as a client services manager and was later recruited by Mollydooker Wines to handle US distribution. Krissy resides in Oakland with her husband Adam along with their Silky Terrier, Penny, and two cats, ODK and Limey.
Email: Krissy@globalvineyard.com

Rommel Batu
Marketing Assistant
Rommel has been an important contributor to Global for over six years and is actively involved with many administrative and marketing duties. In his current position he edits and creates website content, produces marketing and sales materials and monitors inventory and warehouse operations. Before joining Global he worked at Vinfolio and PremierCru Wine Imports. Rommel has an educational background in hospitality management and graphic design and is a resident of Berkeley, California where he lives with his wife Natalie and their dachshund, Maurice.
Email: Rommel@globalvineyard.com