Claudio Ponte

Managing Partner

A graduate of University of California, Los Angeles' business school, Claudio has served on the boards of Winegrowers of California, California Association of Wine Grape Growers, the Wine Institute and the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association. Claudio’s love for Italian wines and unique experiences led him to establish BOTTAIA Winery. After watching the growth of Temecula Wine Country become more and more lively and boisterous over the years, he recognized the need for a winery offering high-quality wines in a relaxing environment. Years of planning to make his vision a reality have finally culminated to the wine country oasis you can experience today. Needless to say, he can’t wait to share it with you…

Don Crank III

Consulting Winemaker

In his own words, Don is a “scientist by training and a passionate winemaker.” After graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Biochemistry and Food Science, he discovered his love of wine. With more than 16 years of experience in the winemaking world, Don considers winemaking to be an art, each wine a culmination and an expression of the place in which it was grown.

Juliet Ponte

Tasting Room Supervisor

Juliet started “working” in the wine industry when she was a mere 8 years old, autographing bottles of her namesake sweet wine at Ponte Winery. Later on, she graduated from University of California, San Diego with a degree in Communication and Business and took on the position of Tasting Room Supervisor at BOTTAIA. A natural business woman with a strong aptitude for management, Juliet oversees BOTTAIA’s tasting room associates and ensures guests' experiences are living up to our standards of excellence. In Juliet’s free time, she enjoys traveling, the outdoors and a great glass of wine (of course…).

Lyvette Johnson

Wine Club & Online Store Manager

 Lyvette oversees everything Wine Club, and if you’ve given us a call, you’ve likely heard her warm, welcoming voice. A Michigan native, she received her bachelors degree in Hospitality & Hotel Management, spending the first part of her career working in the hotel industry before working at Ponte Winery as the Wine Club Manager. Lyvette’s education, experience and exceptional character left us with no questions – we knew she was a perfect match for the refined elegance that BOTTAIA exemplifies. When she’s not in the office, she spends her time working out (Zumba is her class of choice), traveling and experiencing the beauty of wine country.