President, Vintage Wine Estates
Terry Wheatley has been in the wine business since she was just 21 years old. She worked for Gallo Winery and Sutter Home (now Trinchero Family Estates) before starting Canopy Management with some friends. The management company would come to house brands they created, including Middle Sister Wines and Purple Cowboy Wines. After growing the company to 300,000 cases, Wheatley sold it to Vintage Wine Estates, where she then took up the post of SVP of sales and marketing. In 2018, she was named president of Vintage Wine Estates.
“As the first woman president to take a multimillion-dollar wine company public, my goal is to continue to raise up the women who follow and also [to] continue to lead Vintage Wine Estates as the industry leader in digital marketing,” Wheatley told Worth. “I am humbled to take my place among the Worth women who share that vision.”
The dream of taking Vintage Wine Estates public was founding partner and CEO Pat Roney’s. Together, Roney and Wheatley made the dream a reality, taking the company public through a SPAC in June 2021 with a $690 million IPO. And with this achievement, Wheatley became the first woman to take an American multimillion-dollar wine producer public.