Stuart Bryan is the Director of National Sales for Pride Mountain Vineyards. Since the winery’s inception he has been responsible for national distribution and winery direct wholesale in California.
Stuart is married to Suzanne Pride Bryan. “When Jim and Carolyn purchased the property and decided to make their first vintage, I was delighted to have my distributor network in place to get the Pride Mountain wines out into the national market,” he says. Stuart first started in national sales as a sales manager for Chalone Vineyards and was the first national sales manager for Shafer Vineyards in the 1980s. He founded and managed a national wine sales company for over 17 years that was well established by the time the Pride Mountain wines were first produced in 1991. He also represented a number of wineries throughout California and Oregon along with his own wine production company which produced over 14,000 cases annually. In 2005 he sold his company to focus on exclusively on Pride Mountain Vineyards.
Stuart was born and raised in Manistee, Michigan and is a graduate of Kalamazoo College. He wrote his dissertation at USC’s Marine Biological Laboratory on Catalina Island in California before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1980s, beginning his wine sales career, meeting Suzanne and settling down to raise their family.
Stuart and Suzanne travel extensively representing Pride Mountain Vineyards across the U.S. They live in Sonoma County and have two grown daughters who now live and work in New York City.