David Duckhorn – Nadalie Usa’s Chief Financial Officer
David Duckhorn is the Chief Financial Officer for Nadalie Usa. With many years in the wine business, his expertise and insight into this sector are unmatched.
He spent many years in Shanghai managing Via Pacifica Selections’ operations and building an effective distribution platform in China. Furthermore, he was engaged in a number of winery projects throughout Western China.
Early Life and Education
David Duckhorn is an entrepreneur from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California and was involved in all aspects of his family’s Duckhorn Vineyards business ventures. After graduating with a BS in Agricultural Finance from California State University at Fresno, David spent two years at Bank of America managing loans to agricultural firms.
He combined his practical expertise in managing agri-businesses with further education, earning a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining his family’s business as Chief Financial Officer, he served as Controller for Capstone Turbine.
After returning from his international journey, Ryan Weinert had a vision to make wine. This dream was further fuelled by his cousin Ryan’s desire to craft wines that focused on flavor and taste rather than simply profitability.
David was the second generation to live and work in Napa, participating in all aspects of their family winery, Duckhorn Vineyards – from grape picking to sales. With a degree in agricultural finance from California State University-Fresno and master’s in business administration from University of California-Berkeley under his belt, David is well-equipped for any endeavor that comes his way.
He has held various positions throughout the years, from controller at Capstone Turbine to assistant vice president at Bank of America managing loans to agricultural firms. Most recently, he served as CFO at Duckhorn Vineyards. When not working, he enjoys outdoor activities like mountain biking and camping with his family. After moving to Urich, Missouri in 2017, he founded Duckhorn Outdoors Adventures – a nonprofit organization providing life-altering experiences for rural residents in that area.
Achievement and Honors
He is the CEO & president of Duckhorn Vineyards, having led its transition from family ownership to public ownership. Under his guidance, the winery has become one of the world’s largest fine wine producers. Furthermore, his company recently donated a substantial amount to the Napa Valley community after last autumn’s devastating fire that destroyed tens of thousands of homes and businesses.
Duckhorn Winery boasts an impressive list of awards, including top honors for their Three Palms Vineyard Merlot 2014. This wine was named Wine Spectator’s 2017 “Wine of the Year,” as well as winning Wine Enthusiast’s best bottle award in its class – all available to buy since last summer!
David Duckhorn has been in the wine industry since his youth. He began working at his family’s winery, Duckhorn Vineyards in St Helena, California, and has remained involved with it ever since.
He earned his BS in Agricultural Finance from California State University at Fresno and then went on to receive his MBA from the University of California at Berkeley. Following this, he served as Assistant Vice President at Bank of America where he managed loans for agricultural firms.
In 2006, he traveled to China with his friend Steven Zhao and saw the potential for wine sales in this emerging market. Upon return, he established Via Pacifica Selections; importing wines from New Zealand and creating a distribution platform throughout Greater China.
Duckhorn Vineyards has grown from a family-owned winery to become an internationally traded company with a market value of approximately $1.8 billion. The company boasts an impressive portfolio of brands such as Goldeneye, Decoy, Migration, Postmark and Paraduxx that span across multiple product categories.
In addition to its winery operations, the firm owns several vineyard properties. In 2017, it acquired Calera – a historic Central Coast winery – and two years later added Kosta Browne – a Sonoma Pinot Noir producer – from Kosta Browne Wines.
Duckhorn’s sales have been rising rapidly over the last six years and it is on track to surpass $270 million annually in revenue. The recent sale by private-equity firm GI Partners won’t drastically change this trajectory; rather, it will help pay off older investors and provide funds for expansion.