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Team

Our team is dedicated to crafting the very best experiences for Chamisal fans. Whether that’s through a great bottle of wine or an afternoon at our tasting room, meet the team who makes it all happen.

Brianne EnglesWinemaker
George ElliottAssistant Winemaker
Andrea de PaloDirector of Estates Innovation
Brooke SerafineHospitality Manager
Barbara SeguineMember Experience Lead
Brianne Engles Bio Photo

Brianne Engles Winemaker

Brianne grew up in the small seaside town of Pacific Grove, California and started working at a high-end restaurant at age of 15 years old where she was exposed early to the world of wine. She began her formal winemaking education as Cal Poly State University, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Wine and Viticulture. In addition to that, she holds the Level 3 Advanced Certification with The Wine & Spirit Education Trust.

In her 17 years in the winemaking industry, Brianne has chosen to work at several notable wineries including Two Hands in South Australia, Duckhorn and Quintessa in Napa Valley and Adelaida Cellars in Paso Robles. She currently holds the Winemaker position with Chamisal Vineyards in Edna Valley, where she continues to expand her knowledge and expertise. With each wine she makes she strives to honor the terroir from which the grapes are grown and to capture the essence of Central Coast sunshine, soil, and the uniqueness of each particular vintage. On her days away from the winery, she can be found at a local Farmers Market, cooking for friends, hiking up a mountain or enjoying some beach time.

Bio photo of George Elliott

George Elliott Assistant Winemaker

George’s lifelong journey in the world of grape growing and winemaking was ignited early on by his parents’ decision to plant a small vineyard on their home property in the Central Coast. His thirst for knowledge and love for the craft led him to pursue a bachelor’s degree in wine and viticulture at the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.Following his academic pursuits, George embarked on a series of exciting adventures. He spent three years tending to vines in Paso Robles, honing his skills and passion for winemaking. An international sojourn
in New Zealand allowed him to dive deep into the art of crafting exceptional Pinot Noir over three unforgettable vintages. Upon returning to the United States, George’s journey continued with experiences in renowned wine regions like Napa Valley and the Sonoma Coast. These opportunities expanded his expertise and refined his palate. His grand adventure reached new heights when he settled in Walla Walla, Washington, at Corliss Estate, where he undoubtedly played a pivotal role in creating exceptional wines.Now, after a decade away, George is thrilled to be back on the Central Coast, serving as the Assistant Winemaker at Chamisal Vineyards. His unwavering passion for the intricate processes of grape growing and winemaking, along with his wealth of experience, promise exciting stories for every vintage yet
to come.

Bio photo of Andrea e Palo in the vineyards

Andrea de Palo Director of Estates Innovation

Andrea was born and raised in Marin County. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Systems Management and a minor in Agriculture Business and Wine and Viticulture. Shortly before graduation, Andrea began working at Chamisal Vineyards when it was still known as Domaine Alfred Winery and has worked in various capacities at the winery ever since. She has worked harvest and had numerous roles running the wine club, events, and tasting room over the years before assuming the title of Director of Estates Innovation. Andrea has spent more than a third of her life on the estate and it holds a very special and magical place in her heart, going so far as to feel like home. Andrea is proud to represent what she considers to be the best wines in the Edna Valley and couldn’t imagine working anywhere else. She thrives on creating memorable experiences for every guest that visits Chamisal Vineyards and building lifelong friendships with them while educating them about wine. Her goal is to make every guest feel like family. She is beloved throughout the valley for her welcoming personality and warm smile. Andrea lives in San Luis Obispo, where she has lived for more than 20 years, with her husband, Ilario, and her three children, Nicoló, Stella, and Sofia. When she’s not working, she loves to play golf, eat sushi, spend time at the beach, travel to Italy and entertain friends with homemade pizza fresh from her backyard pizza oven.

Brooke Serafine, Hospitality Manager, Chamisal Vineyards

Brooke Serafine Hospitality Manager

Brooke is a Central Coast native and attended California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing with a minor in Wine & Viticulture. Since beginning a career in wine in 2005, she has nurtured and developed her direct-to-consumer skills. She spent the first years of her career in the Napa Valley where she gained hands-on experience in all aspects of hospitality in the wine industry. Upon returning to the Central Coast in 2009, she landed the job of her dreams at the one and only Chamisal Vineyards with a familiar face from her college years. “I never imagined working anywhere other than Chamisal Vineyards when I returned home in 2009. The wines spoke to me during my college years and beyond, but more importantly, the property felt like home. Knowing the history of the vineyards and wines, I knew that being associated with Chamisal Vineyards would forever change my world.”

After six years at Chamisal, Brooke took a 3-year hiatus to spend time with her two children and returned as Hospitality Manager for both Chamisal Vineyards and sister property, Malene Wines. As Hospitality Manager for both brands, Brooke can use her skills from her days as a wine club manager to create and cultivate tastings and events for all guests Brooke lives on the Central Coast with her husband Tyler and two children, Logan and Sydney. In addition to her passion for wine, Brooke can be found practicing yoga, dining with family and friends or getting involved in her children’s extracurricular activities.

Bio photo of Barbara Seguine

Barbara Seguine Member Experience Lead

Barbara is a radiant individual who embodies the heartwarming spirit of family and community. Hailing from the stunning central coast of California, she was nurtured in a family that cherished both love and a love for wine, set against the backdrop of awe-inspiring vineyards and rolling hills. Throughout her life, Barbara has remained deeply rooted in her family values, creating a warm and supportive environment for her daughter and being the beloved aunt to her three nieces. Her upbringing in a wine-loving family has infused her with a profound appreciation for life’s magical moments. Whether it’s a simple family gathering or a grand celebration, Barbara’s attention to detail and passion for creating meaningful memories always shine through. But Barbara’s kindness doesn’t stop at her family’s doorstep.
Her heart overflows with compassion, leading her to volunteer at local charities and offer helping hands to friends in need. Barbara’s generosity knows no bounds, making her a treasured member of her community. In every facet of her life, Barbara Seguine radiates joy, creativity, and an unwavering commitment to those she holds dear. Her ability to find happiness in life’s simplest joys and her relentless dedication to uplifting others make her an extraordinary individual who brightens the lives of everyone she touches.

Brianne Engles Bio Photo

Brianne Engles Winemaker

Brianne grew up in the small seaside town of Pacific Grove, California and started working at a high-end restaurant at age of 15 years old where she was exposed early to the world of wine. She began her formal winemaking education as Cal Poly State University, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Wine and Viticulture. In addition to that, she holds the Level 3 Advanced Certification with The Wine & Spirit Education Trust.

In her 17 years in the winemaking industry, Brianne has chosen to work at several notable wineries including Two Hands in South Australia, Duckhorn and Quintessa in Napa Valley and Adelaida Cellars in Paso Robles. She currently holds the Winemaker position with Chamisal Vineyards in Edna Valley, where she continues to expand her knowledge and expertise. With each wine she makes she strives to honor the terroir from which the grapes are grown and to capture the essence of Central Coast sunshine, soil, and the uniqueness of each particular vintage. On her days away from the winery, she can be found at a local Farmers Market, cooking for friends, hiking up a mountain or enjoying some beach time.

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Bio photo of George Elliott

George Elliott Assistant Winemaker

George’s lifelong journey in the world of grape growing and winemaking was ignited early on by his parents’ decision to plant a small vineyard on their home property in the Central Coast. His thirst for knowledge and love for the craft led him to pursue a bachelor’s degree in wine and viticulture at the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.Following his academic pursuits, George embarked on a series of exciting adventures. He spent three years tending to vines in Paso Robles, honing his skills and passion for winemaking. An international sojourn
in New Zealand allowed him to dive deep into the art of crafting exceptional Pinot Noir over three unforgettable vintages. Upon returning to the United States, George’s journey continued with experiences in renowned wine regions like Napa Valley and the Sonoma Coast. These opportunities expanded his expertise and refined his palate. His grand adventure reached new heights when he settled in Walla Walla, Washington, at Corliss Estate, where he undoubtedly played a pivotal role in creating exceptional wines.Now, after a decade away, George is thrilled to be back on the Central Coast, serving as the Assistant Winemaker at Chamisal Vineyards. His unwavering passion for the intricate processes of grape growing and winemaking, along with his wealth of experience, promise exciting stories for every vintage yet
to come.

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Bio photo of Andrea e Palo in the vineyards

Andrea de Palo Director of Estates Innovation

Andrea was born and raised in Marin County. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Systems Management and a minor in Agriculture Business and Wine and Viticulture. Shortly before graduation, Andrea began working at Chamisal Vineyards when it was still known as Domaine Alfred Winery and has worked in various capacities at the winery ever since. She has worked harvest and had numerous roles running the wine club, events, and tasting room over the years before assuming the title of Director of Estates Innovation. Andrea has spent more than a third of her life on the estate and it holds a very special and magical place in her heart, going so far as to feel like home. Andrea is proud to represent what she considers to be the best wines in the Edna Valley and couldn’t imagine working anywhere else. She thrives on creating memorable experiences for every guest that visits Chamisal Vineyards and building lifelong friendships with them while educating them about wine. Her goal is to make every guest feel like family. She is beloved throughout the valley for her welcoming personality and warm smile. Andrea lives in San Luis Obispo, where she has lived for more than 20 years, with her husband, Ilario, and her three children, Nicoló, Stella, and Sofia. When she’s not working, she loves to play golf, eat sushi, spend time at the beach, travel to Italy and entertain friends with homemade pizza fresh from her backyard pizza oven.

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Brooke Serafine, Hospitality Manager, Chamisal Vineyards

Brooke Serafine Hospitality Manager

Brooke is a Central Coast native and attended California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing with a minor in Wine & Viticulture. Since beginning a career in wine in 2005, she has nurtured and developed her direct-to-consumer skills. She spent the first years of her career in the Napa Valley where she gained hands-on experience in all aspects of hospitality in the wine industry. Upon returning to the Central Coast in 2009, she landed the job of her dreams at the one and only Chamisal Vineyards with a familiar face from her college years. “I never imagined working anywhere other than Chamisal Vineyards when I returned home in 2009. The wines spoke to me during my college years and beyond, but more importantly, the property felt like home. Knowing the history of the vineyards and wines, I knew that being associated with Chamisal Vineyards would forever change my world.”

After six years at Chamisal, Brooke took a 3-year hiatus to spend time with her two children and returned as Hospitality Manager for both Chamisal Vineyards and sister property, Malene Wines. As Hospitality Manager for both brands, Brooke can use her skills from her days as a wine club manager to create and cultivate tastings and events for all guests Brooke lives on the Central Coast with her husband Tyler and two children, Logan and Sydney. In addition to her passion for wine, Brooke can be found practicing yoga, dining with family and friends or getting involved in her children’s extracurricular activities.

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Bio photo of Barbara Seguine

Barbara Seguine Member Experience Lead

Barbara is a radiant individual who embodies the heartwarming spirit of family and community. Hailing from the stunning central coast of California, she was nurtured in a family that cherished both love and a love for wine, set against the backdrop of awe-inspiring vineyards and rolling hills. Throughout her life, Barbara has remained deeply rooted in her family values, creating a warm and supportive environment for her daughter and being the beloved aunt to her three nieces. Her upbringing in a wine-loving family has infused her with a profound appreciation for life’s magical moments. Whether it’s a simple family gathering or a grand celebration, Barbara’s attention to detail and passion for creating meaningful memories always shine through. But Barbara’s kindness doesn’t stop at her family’s doorstep.
Her heart overflows with compassion, leading her to volunteer at local charities and offer helping hands to friends in need. Barbara’s generosity knows no bounds, making her a treasured member of her community. In every facet of her life, Barbara Seguine radiates joy, creativity, and an unwavering commitment to those she holds dear. Her ability to find happiness in life’s simplest joys and her relentless dedication to uplifting others make her an extraordinary individual who brightens the lives of everyone she touches.

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Vineyard and tasting room at Chamisal Vineyards