Carmen Castaldi began his wine career in 1980 working for a wine distributor in Asheville, North Carolina as an On Premise Sales Manager representing over 300 wineries. In 1986, Carmen joined Beringer Blass Wine Estates working as a District Manager in the Chicago area. After being promoted to several sales positions in the Midwest, Carmen relocated to the Napa-based corporate headquarters in 2001 and assumed responsibility for North American Sales & Distributor Relations as Vice President. He was an integral part of the strategic leadership team that facilitated and led to the Fosters buyout of Beringer Blass in the year 2000. Carmen joined the management team at Rodney Strong Vineyards in June of 2005 and is responsible for overseeing the sales and marketing operations.
Commenting on Rodney Strong Vineyards Carmen says “I saw the move as an opportunity to join an extremely focused and successful sales and marketing team and respected family owned winery. Additionally, Rodney Strong owner, Tom Klein’s desire to position Sonoma County as a world-class wine region appealed to both my professional and personal aspirations.”
Carmen graduated from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina in 1980 with a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences. He now lives in Sonoma County with his wife and three daughters. He is an avid wine enthusiast, a sports fan still connected to his time living in Chicago and musician with a talent for playing drums.