California: Russian River Valley, United States

Winemaker Bio

  • Vance Rose, Winemaker

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    Vance Rose is a wine industry veteran with over 40 years’ experience, encompassing winemaking in California, France, Spain and Australia, and brings with a background in wine retail, wholesale, winery management, sales, and marketing. Ever since having a great bottle of 1959 red Burgundy when he was 18, Vance has sought to find a vineyard from which to make wine that could rival that seminal experience.  With the start of the Jonive project in 2021, he is confident he has finally found that site.  

    In addition to his work in vineyards, wineries, and each step of the three-tier system, Vance is a highly regarded chef. 

    Vance Rose, Winemaker
  • Chris Underwood, Director and Chief Executive Officer

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    Like his father, Chris Underwood dedicated his career to working for Young’s Market Company (a subsidiary of Young’s Holdings), one of the largest wine and spirits distributors in the U.S. Starting in the Los Angeles warehouse in 1996, he went on to become the Chief Executive Officer starting in 2011. As the fifth generation to lead Young’s Market Company, Chris oversaw all of Young’s Market’s business operations. When Young’s Market entered into a joint venture with Republic National Distributing Company in 2019, the Young’s Market operations were transferred to the RNDC Management team. Chris currently serves as the CEO of Young’s Holdings and is a member of the Board of Directors of Young’s Holdings. He is excited to begin his next chapter in the industry with Young’s Holdings purchase of a 15 acre vineyard in Russian River Valley and the creation of wine brand, Jonive. 

    Chris is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and won the 1990 NCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championship. Chris is an active member in the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA), Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) of San Diego, and serves on Board of Directors for the STEPUP foundation and the OM Foundation. 


    Chris Underwood, Director and Chief Executive Officer