It wouldn’t be stretching the truth to say that Tim Snider knows the wine business from the ground up. His first job in the industry was driving a tractor in order to prepare the ground for his family’s vineyard in Knight’s Valley in Sonoma County, California. Though Tim didn’t necessarily know it at the time those long hot summers spent in the vineyard would spark a true passion for the wine industry.

After graduating from William College in Massachusetts Tim embarked on a 7-½ year stint at the E&J Gallo Winery. Once again he started at the bottom as a sales representative but worked his way up the ladder in several different sales capacities including Northern California Area Sales Manager. From there Tim was offered a chance to join the marketing department for several years as a brand marketing manager working on successful brands such as Ecco Domani, Marcelina and Rancho Zabaco.

In September of 1999 Tim left Gallo to head up the marketing and sales at the Fess Parker Winery. Over the past 13 + years he held position of increasing responsibility culminating in being named President of the winery in 2010. He is proud to have led the team that developed and launched the critically successful single vineyard program; the family’s boutique Rhone oriented label, Epiphany, and the Frontier Red and Parker Station programs.

Tim served four years on the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association, three of those years as president, and is currently a member of Rabobank’s Regional Advisory Board. He is also the current president of LOBO (the Los Olivos Business Organization.)

Tim lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Ashley Parker Snider, and their three children. In his free time Tim enjoys playing golf, his Sunday morning basketball games, running and snowboarding.