OWNER & MANAGING PARTNER
Gloria grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA., and moved on to New York City to attend the Parsons School of Design. She lived in NYC for thirteen years, where she formed her own firm, Priam Design, until moving to Connecticut to take a break from city life. She continued in the marketing and advertising industry for many years until transitioning into agriculture.
In 1998 Gloria and her former business partner purchased the last few acres of a third generation family farm and started planting the vineyard, dedicating every hour available while working their full time jobs. They started with the intent of being growers for other vineyards in CT, but quickly escalated to a winery when they realized the quality of product being produced from their land. Gloria dedicated most of her time in 2002 and 2003 to obtaining federal and state liquor licensing and getting the barn/winery built. The winery opened in 2003 for retail sales and tastings, achieving international acclaim in their first two years by winning 24 international wine competition medals. They won Gold in the Berlin International Wine Competition, Germany, adding to the numerous International Wine Competition medals they have won to date.
Gloria now manages the many aspects of the winery business, weddings, events and wine sales as a full time position.
OWNER & MANAGING PARTNER
Jim Melillo has spent much of his adult life as successful entrepreneur helping to build multiple companies including, helping to create the largest franchisee company in the world as well as the premier Learning company for Business to Business sales. He has a strong background as a finance officer and consultant to multiple industries worldwide in the fields of Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Sales. He began his relationship with wine by running the Les Ami du Vin of Boston moving on to consulting to wineries in the Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valleys of California on purchases, varietal selection as well as marketing and now works with all of the departments at Priam from Events to viticulture and wine making.
For the last decade he resided in Seattle and Santa Barbara County both centers for entrepreneurial wine making and growth. Jim has been in demand as a business speaker and appeared before audiences from 15 to 5,000 in more than 55 countries globally. He has built companies from scratch into the millions and hundreds of millions of dollars revenue. He has tripled the size of the tasting area increase production capacity by 100% at Priam while working with a great team to double wine sales in 3+ years. He continues directing the growth of the winery as well as working as chief cook and bottle washer in all areas as needed.