Peter Hofherr (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 MBA 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 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. In addition to his winery and industry responsibilities, Peter is finishing his PhD in Agricultural Economics with an emphasis in entrepreneurship at the University of Missouri, Columbia as well as serves as Assistant Director of the McQuinn Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Patricia Hofherr (Chairman of the Board) co-founded St. James Winery with her husband Jim in 1970. Through her hard work, perseverance and a true love for wine, Pat has helped lay a solid foundation for the current and future success of St. James Winery. The future looks bright for St. James Winery too; Pat is a doting grandmother of seven, St. James Winery generation three.

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.

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.