Temecula Valley Winery Management (TVWM) is a full service winery management and development company. Through years of industry experience TVWM has developed best practices in winery management and viticulture that give clients a tremendous advantage over winery competitors. We aim to be our client's biggest asset and truly take ownership of each individual project.
TVWM was formed as a coalition of companies which originated with our parent company Stage Ranch Farm Management, Inc. Stage Ranch was founded in 1972 by Gary Winder and was joined by Mike Rennie in the early 1990's. Stage Ranch gained a reputation for being a high quality farming operation and prides itself on its ability to meet a wide variety of property owner's demands. It is currently one of the largest farming operators in Temecula and farms approximately 1,500 acres of wine grapes, avocado and citrus, all located within a 50 mile radius of the Temecula Valley Wine Country.
Stage Ranch is a vital part of TVWM's ongoing vineyard development and viticulture program as they are the exclusive provider of TVWM's farming services. The viticulture practices used are state of the art and have yielded a large portion of Temecula's most highly acclaimed wines, including several 90+ point red wine scores with major wine trade publications such as Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
After the success of its first winery development project, Leoness Cellars, TVWM's Management Team further developed standards for the construction, development, branding and operations of future winery projects.
This element is vital to the success of a project and requires the ownership and management team to go through a series of planning exercises developed by TVWM to best establish its financial and operational goals. Rigid, county imposed development standards, inflated costs and other factors can cause a project harm from the outset. Managing the development cost to not exceed the properties revenue potential is vital. A "boots on the ground" approach and heavy involvement on the county level has led to us managing this successfully.
Your direct involvement in the wine making processes is vital to the success of your product. We assist and support you in making informed winemaking and winery related decisions. TVWM's wine production program and planning process is a highly customizable and flexible program to suit the wineries specific needs. The custom crush program and winemaking consulting program run by TVWM has yielded countless international awards and high ratings setting a benchmark for quality in Temecula.
As part of our history in the winery business, we have "come to see it all." A steady, well planned and smart approach to all efforts leads to a high yield, successful winery operation. Setting clear expectations and goals for on property staff and being diligent in evaluating performance and making necessary adjustments is a routine that we build into our winery culture.
Ownership can have the confidence that the decisions being made by management are made based on vast experience. Measured results can be compared to other client properties anonymously and are a valuable tool to gauge the wineries performance.
Translating ownerships expectations to employees and investors or managing business relationships within the wineries operating level have become TVWM's specialty. As part of this process we have navigated ownership through several rounds of funding (conventional funding and investment) in the last 5 years totaling $18,000,000. Additionally TVWM has placed some of the industry's best talent and individuals who truly fit the character and culture of our ownership at our client winery sites.
We truly believe that our people are greatest asset and that good character, a high level of competency and a sincere respect among our management and employee groups are vital to the success of building a world class brand and winery.
The following is a summary of the people who make up our organization:
After graduating with a degree in systems engineering in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Rebaux relocated to the United States. He became involved in the family business in 2002, starting with the development of Leoness Cellars. Together with Mike Rennie and Tim Kramer, they constructed the Leoness infrastructure, including, branding, operations and best practices and all the while securing and developing the financials.
During the process of developing Leoness Cellars and with its immediate success came requests from prospective winery developers to consult on their product development and winery management.
To accommodate this change in business Rebaux founded Temecula Valley Winery Management (TVWM). TVWM has become a driver of new winery and product development in the Temecula Valley. Rebaux's primary focus is currently on the daily operations of TVWM and the development of new winery projects in the Southern California Region.
After graduating from UCSB with a degree in finance, Tim quickly decided to get involved in the wine industry. His passion led him to work under some of the best winemakers in Southern California, John McPherson (former Winemaker for Thornton) and the winemaking team at Callaway. Tim was instrumental in the development of the Leoness brand.
It did not take long for Tim's winemaking talent to leave a big mark on the Temecula Region. In the last 17 years, Tim has received more than five 90 Point scores on wines produced during the 2004 through 2009 period, making him currently, the only winemaker in Temecula history to have received as many. (Ratings received from Wine Enthusiast Magazine and Connoisseurs Guide of California.)
He and his winemaking team have also won numerous Gold, DBL Gold and "Best in Class" awards from national and international competitions including the San Francisco International Wine Competition. One of Tim's crowning achievements was being named Inland Empire's "Winemaker of the Year 2011".
Gary founded Stage Ranch Farm Management in 1972 after having graduated from California Polytechnic University. He has since built Stage Ranch into one of the largest avocado, citrus and vineyard management companies in Temecula and has gained a reputation for excellent farm management practices and quality wine production.
Gary is a seasoned businessman with a long history of farming making him invaluable to the management group. His sterling reputation and character have made him a pillar to our family of companies and a driving force in our success.
Mike joined Stage Ranch Farm Management in 1990 and created the vineyard division of the company. Stage Ranch quickly gained 400 to 600 acres of vineyard management and leased several vineyards to grow grapes of their own and sold and contracted fruit to several wineries regionally and throughout the state.
As an Owner and the CFO of both Leoness Cellars and Stage Ranch Farm Management Mike has had the opportunity to sit on the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association board for several years, establish very strong local banking and industry relationships and has become very involved in community outreach programs.
Mike has become instrumental in the companies continued success internally and within the community.
We trust that this gives you just a little more insight into our company's history, capabilities and our philosophy. We are very excited at the prospect of assisting you in your very exciting new winery and vineyard venture.