The Krewe

Portrait of Ron Denner
Ron Denner
USC, MBA, Phi Beta Kappa, Army Infantry captain. Until recently owned the Ditch Witch dealerships for Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho. Dumb lucky guy who has been blessed and is now chasing his last rainbow of having a world-class winery and you can be the judge. Try the wines and tell us.
Portrait of Carol Rounsaville
Carol Rounsaville
General Manager
Carol spent 18 years working around fermentation before working for Denner. She started her management career at San Luis Sourdough, a local sourdough bread company. There she discovered her passion – working for small, artisan-focused companies that create great food and wine. After a few acquisitions and a Crown Victoria as a company car, she chose to leave the bread business and search out the small company environment again. After a few in-between positions, she found that perfect combination at Denner.
Portrait of Anthony Yount
Anthony Yount
As a kid Anthony always wanted to be a Cattle Rustler or a River Pirate. Unfortunately, neither of those professions were hiring when he graduated from Cal Poly. So Anthony “cut his teeth” in the wine industry here at Denner working as cellar rat for two vintages. Later, he moved up the road to become Cellar Master at Villa Creek, where he continued to work with Denner fruit. Coming full circle, Anthony returned to Denner as Winemaker in 2009. His winemaking philosophy is simple: “If you provide the grapes and wine with an environment where they can thrive and express themselves, they will do just that."
Portrait of Paul Lopez
Paul Lopez
Chief Cellar Master
Paul's great-grandfather had a saloon on Cuesta Grade near San Luis Obispo around 1900. It's this heritage that has Paul believing he is meant to be in the business of making people happy. After 32 years of being around fresh produce with the Vons Companies, his life progressed into winemaking with four years each as Cellar Master at Villa Creek Cellars and Alta Colina Winery. In Paul's own words, "It’s here at Denner where I’m living the dream, adding to my life’s resumé by becoming a part of the committed and passionate winemaking team." If he's not here, you'll find Paul at the beach, toes in the sand, or on a golf course, toes in the sand!
Portrait of Jesus 'Chuy' Sarmiento
Jesus 'Chuy' Sarmiento
Cellar Master
Jesus was born and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico and then later moved to Mexico City where he worked in the construction industry for 12 years before coming to the United States in 2006. There wasn’t much construction work available at the time so Jesus took a job at Stacked Stone Cellar where he worked in the winery and helped take care of the vineyard for almost 6 years. In 2012 he joined our vineyard crew here at Denner and had the chance to spend time in the cellar during harvest. His hard work and attention to detail made him an indispensable part of our team so we asked him to join the production crew in 2015.
Portrait of Theresa Wasley
Theresa Wasley
Events Coordinator
Theresa designs and executes all events here at Denner Vineyards. When she’s not hosting at Denner she designs flowers for weddings and parties “I love what I do! Who wouldn’t like to throw parties for a living?” With a calm, don’t get stressed attitude, she finds joy in almost any challenge. Her favorite saying is “If you fall, pick something up, keeps people wondering if you planned it!"
Portrait of Autumn Cone
Autumn Cone
Wine Club Manager
Autumn was born on the Central Coast back when it was more of a cow town then a wine destination. She spent her 20's in Tennessee and New Orleans where she cultivated her love for wine and customer service working in fine dining. She is thrilled to utilize her background in hospitality and administration here at Denner "it feels like the best parts of every job I've loved rolled into one". She loves being back adventuring on the Central Coast with her kiddo in tow. Enjoying the fruit of the vine with family and her “village”, in such close proximity to the ocean, is a recipe for the good life.