5th Generation Winegrower & President of the Wente Foundation for Art Education
From 2000 to 2007, Christine focused on selling and marketing her family’s wines in the United States and abroad, with a sabbatical from 2002 to 2004 to receive her MBA at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. As Senior Vice President of Hospitality from 2008 through 2010, Christine oversaw the family’s thriving lifestyle business’s operations and marketing.
In 2012, Christine helped establish The Wente Foundation for Art Education, a non-profit foundation dedicated to raising money to support arts education programs in the Livermore Valley and throughout the United States. Christine is President of The Wente Foundation Board, and she serves on the Board of the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Foundation, planning the annual Livermore Valley Wine Auction. In addition, she is on the Board of the Piedmont Education Foundation and Wine Institute.
Before joining Wente Vineyards, Christine worked in off-premise sales and later in international marketing for the Canadian market at the E. & J. Gallo Winery. Then she worked in on-premise key account sales, followed by a position on the brand marketing team for Gallo of Sonoma.
In addition to her MBA from Stanford University, Christine holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from Princeton University. She holds a Level 3 Certificate in Wines and Spirits from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. She also has a certificate in cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, has studied sensory evaluation of wine and olive oil at UC Davis, and food writing through UC Berkeley’s Extension Program.
Christine resides with her husband, Roland, and their son and daughter in the East Bay.