Winemaking and Operations Team

Jessica Smith winemaker

Jessica Smith

Director of Operations
Jessica graduated from U. C. Davis with a degree in Viticulture and Enology in 2011. While attending U.C. Davis Jessica worked as an intern at Scribner Bend Vineyards and was promoted to Winemaker and Viticulture Manager post graduation. Jessica was awarded multiple medals and recognition for her wines during her career at Scribner Bend. Jessica joined ConeTech as Production Enologist in 2014.

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Jessica Smith winemaker

Lillian Gresset

Wine Production Manager
Lillian’s career in the wine industry began in 2004 as a laboratory technician at Taft Street Winery, where she discovered her passion for winemaking and science. Lillian received her degree in enology from C.S.U. Fresno in 2010. She spent five years at Corliss Estates and Tranche cellars in Walla Walla, Washington. She has also worked at Merry Edwards Winery, Pahlmeyer Winery and Wayfarer Vineyard. She joined the ConeTech team in April 2017 and is ConeTech’s Wine Production Manager.

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Jessica Smith winemaker

Jane Milligan

Director of International Winemaking
Jane Milligan (formerly Jane Robichaud) graduated from London University in Food Science and received a Masters of Science in Enology at University California, Davis. Jane’s career began with graduate research work with Ann Noble and co-creation of the celebrated Davis Wine Aroma Wheel. She then spent over 17 years at Beringer in various roles including Research Winemaker, member of the Senior Winemaking Team, and Director of Consumer/Winemaking Insights. Jane was elected President of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture from 2000 – 2001 and was the VP Global Business Development at Tragon Corp. Jane’s ongoing work with ConeTech and TFC wines began in 2008 when she helped direct TFC’s research program on Lighter Style wines.

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Werner Engelbrecht winemaker

Werner Engelbrecht

Managing Director South Africa / Director Europe
Werner attended Stellenbosch University and graduated with B. Sc. degrees in Enology, Viticulture and Agricultural Science. Over the next 16 years, Werner held positions in both winemaking and management at three of South Africa’s most prestigious wine companies — KWV Wines, Vinfruco Wines, and the Waterkloof Wines subsidiary of the Boutinot Group. In early 2013, Werner joined ConeTech South Africa as its Managing Director. In early 2015 Werner also assumed supervisory responsibility for ConeTech’s European operations.

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Silvia Cedeno Daguerre winemaker

Silvia Cedeno Daguerre

Technical Director Europe
Silvia received a degree in Agricultural engineering from the University of Zaragoza, Spain and a second degree from La Rioja University in Winemaking. She then traveled around the world learning various methods of international winemaking. Silvia spent four years as Production Manager in a wine cooperative in D.O. Calatayud, worked in Germany in the Mosel area, and worked at About Wine and Style Consult in Neustadt Weinstrasse. Silvia joined ConeTech Iberica in 2015 as Production Enologist, quickly becoming ConeTech’s Technical Director for Europe.

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“ConeTech’s knowledgeable winemaking staff always demonstrates a commitment to quality work. I know, that when I send them my wine, they will take good care of it.”

— Monterey County Winemaker

“ConeTech is the world leader with what I think is the most exciting modern wine making technology.”

— David Stevens, Napa Valley Winemaker, consultant, and judge at many major Wine Fairs

“What I’m looking for when I put together a blend is balance. And ConeTech’s Spinning Cone technology allows me to put the alcohol at a point where I think the wine is perfectly balanced.”

— Kerry Damskey, Sonoma Winemaker and Global Consultant

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