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A group of adventure seekers, and of course wine lovers, each of whom plays an important role in creating unforgettable experiences for our members.

MICHAEL EVANS

In 2005, Michael went on what he thought would be a three-week vacation to Argentina. Falling in love with the Mendoza wine region, he co-founded (with Pablo Gimenez-Riili) The Vines of Mendoza.

DUFFY CRANE

Duffy arrived in Mendoza in April 2006, after Michael convinced her to “temporarily” leave her 10-year commercial litigation law practice in Austin, Texas, to help him start a new company.

BRYAN DRISCOLL

Bryan went to Mendoza in 2006, supposedly for a one-year, pre-business school adventure. That one-year adventure turned into a career with The Vines of Mendoza, and now as a partner and head of overall sales for The Vines.

MICHAEL POLENSKE

Michael was born to a military family in Bermuda. After moving around the world, his family settled at Travis Air Force Base near Napa Valley. His first exposure to wine came with family trips to the wine country.

JOHN VOIGTMANN

Duffy arrived in Mendoza in April 2006, after Michael convinced her to “temporarily” leave her 10-year commercial litigation law practice in Austin, Texas, to help him start a new company.

MARIE CECILIE VON AHM

A luxury sales and marketing expert with experience in startups, international distribution and media, Marie consults for several top wineries in Europe, advising them on developing their global export markets.

FRANCES LALAS

Fran was previously a Vice President at The Vines of Mendoza, where she managed the development of the Vines Resort & Spa and directed the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility programs.

MARIANA ONOFRI

One of the first certified sommeliers in Argentina, Mariana began her influential wine career as Sommelier at the famed La Bourgogne restaurant in Mendoza and Uruguay.

HEATHER WILLENS

Heather’s wine career began in 1999 after a short stint as a New York corporate lawyer. She began in wine retail, while getting her American Sommelier Association degree. She then worked in New York and national sales for renowned Burgundy importer Daniel Johnnes.

PARKE WIEGMAN

After a long career as a trailing expat spouse, Parke is now a wizard of to-do lists, spreadsheets and making sure everyone has their passport. When not filling out endless Swedish government paperwork or figuring out how to move a dog to China, she worked and volunteered in a number of different sectors.

YISENIA ABRAHANTES

Yisenia Abrahantes is Events Manager for The Vines. Yisenia, a Cuban native raised in South Dakota, is renowned in the events management field for activating large-scale festivals and creating unforgettable experiences.