Our Team

Peter Hofherr (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer) brings both business sense and a strong understanding of the wine industry to his family’s business, St. James Winery. Armed with a degree in Microbiology from Auburn and a MBA with a concentration of Finance from Georgia State University, Peter returned home to St. James Winery in 1995 after working for Coopers and Lybrand in their Financial Advisory Services consulting group. He served as winery general manager until 2001 when he responded to the call of public service as first, Deputy Director, and then Director of Agriculture and finally as Chief of Staff to the Governor for the State of Missouri. Peter rejoined St. James Winery in 2007 and currently is serving on Missouri’s Wine and Grape Board as chairman; the Board of Governors of Missouri State University and on the National Wine and Grape Initiative. In addition to his winery and industry responsibilities, Peter has a PhD in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Missouri and serves as Assistant Director of the McQuinn Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Missouri, Columbia. His research interests include the economics of identity development and collective entrepreneurship. peter.hofherr@stjameswinery.com

Dean Chalem (Vice President of Sales) joined St. James Winery in 2004. With a combination of creativity and solid experience, Dean has captured the attention and imagination of the distributor sales force, and as a result has seen distribution rise to 15 states during his tenure here at the winery. A seasoned beverage industry veteran, Dean worked for Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group for 8 years and E & J Gallo Winery for 11 years before applying his expertise to the management of the wholesaler network at St. James Winery. dean.chalem@stjameswinery.com

Andrew Meggitt (Executive Winemaker) has been enthusiastically enjoying the wine business for over 20 years, living and breathing his true passion, making wine. A native of New Zealand, Andrew joined the St. James Winery team in 2002. Under his direction as executive winemaker, St. James Winery has consistently been among the top four gold medal awarded wineries in the USA. Andrew creatively stretches the boundaries of traditional winemaking while integrating both old and new-world techniques he learned while working in New Zealand and France. andrew.meggitt@stjameswinery.com

Alice Malone (Tasting Room Manager) joined St James Winery as a part time tasting room employee in 1996 and became the Tasting Room Manager in 1998. During that time, she has seen an extraordinary amount of positive growth and change. Alice grew up in the St Louis area but has spent the last 37 years in St James, raising 3 daughters and now has 4 grandchildren. She loves spending time at the beach with them. alice.malone@stjameswinery.com