Simon Family Estate, the family-owned, luxury Napa Valley wine producer, announced the appointment of Kit Gilbert as President. With some thirteen years of wine industry experience serving some of Napa’s most noteworthy labels, and touching virtually every aspect of the business, Gilbert is uniquely qualified for the role. In her new position, Gilbert will be responsible for: luxury brand strategy and management, creating and growing a loyal following of customers through the direct-to-consumer (DTC) and wholesale channels, building sustainable, long-term brand growth, establishing a Napa Valley home and anchor for Simon Family Estate and more.
“Kit’s extensive track record for luxury brand building, her DTC marketing acumen, her exceptional financial and production management skills, and her talent for effective team building are just a few of the qualities that make her a great fit for our brand,” said Sam Simon, Vintner/Co-Owner of Simon Family Estate. “Her ability to achieve a high-level of success in a boutique, people-centric organization, coupled with her core values of quality and integrity, are equally compelling as we strive to grow our family-owned label into the future.”
Prior to joining Simon Family Estate, Gilbert served as General Manager for luxury label ADAMVS for four years. Previously, she was Director of Sales & Marketing for Dana Estates’ VASO Cellars and before that, Marketing Brand Manager for the Paul Hobbs family of wines. Her resume also includes stints with industry leaders Hall and Constellation brands, among others. Gilbert holds an Advanced Certificate from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust.
About Simon Family Estate
Introduced in late 2021, Simon Family Estate is a collaboration between vintners Sam and Nada Simon and renowned Napa Valley winemaker, Maayan Koschitzky. Made with fruit sourced from some of the Napa Valley’s most pedigreed plots, each meticulously crafted Simon Family Estate bottling is designed with community in mind: At its core, Simon Family Estate believes that bringing people together over a fine bottle of wine is transformative – helping to sustain family and friends and to forge deeper relationships and understanding.