Meet the CDW Team!
The Founders - The Maltzman and Hutchison-Bryan Families
Continental Divide is a local family business founded by California vintners and Breckenridge residents Jeffrey and Ana Maltzman and by Colorado winemakers and Alma residents Kent Hutchison and Angela Bryan. Kent serves as the company's senior winemaker for wines produced from Colorado fruit and Jeffrey serves as senior winemaker for wines produced from California grapes. Both families remain actively involved in all aspects of the operation and you can often find family members in our two tasting rooms, in our production areas, or working in the vineyards.
John Bellncula - General Manager and Vice President of Sales
John has been very fortunate to have lived in many places throughout the United States. Originally from the Southwest (including Colorado), he has lived and managed tasting rooms in the West Coast, Mid Atlantic, New England and Pacific Northwest and is now returning back to “one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been," the High Rockies of Colorado. He is incredibly excited to be the General Manager of Continental Divide Winery, and CDW is very fortunate to have him. To quote John, “I’m coming home to my dream job in paradise”. He is an avid skier, loves to cook, and loves wine tasting anywhere he can find a tasting room.
Leanne Bellncula - Asst Manager and Wine Club Coordinator
Leanne is a Southern girl, who lived in the beautiful Pacific Northwest for the last 16 years, where she discovered her love of wine. In 2013, she made the departure from her 21 year corporate career to pursue new horizons, which ultimately led her to her dream career - in wine! She enjoys sharing her passion for wine with customers from all over the world and is thrilled to be part of the up-and-coming Colorado wine region. Besides wine, her other passions are food, art, traveling, fashion, and being active, especially skiing!
Dan Kraft - Assistant Winemaker
Originally from Western Colorado, Dan first became interested in fermentation while homebrewing at Colorado College. After finishing his Bachelor's in chemistry there in 2011, he headed to California to work at Navarro Vineyards in Anderson Valley, where the process of vinification proved captivating. This led him to the Pacific Northwest, where he completed his Master's in Food Science with an Enology concentration at Oregon State University. Immediately after graduating, he began working at Kevin White Winery in Washington and also produced his own label, Seekseekqua, from organic vineyards in the Willamette Valley. Drop by the South Park (Fairplay) location and ask Dan for a behind the scene tour of our winemaking.
Andy - Tasting Room Associate.
Andy is a Breckenridge local based in our Breckenridge Tasting Room. When not busy sharing his love of wine with guests, Andy can be found tearing up the latest terrain at Breckenridge Mountain.
Mark - Tasting Room Associate
Mark is often found in the Breckenridge tasting room. Originally from Colorado, Mark spent several years in New York City before deciding to trade the hectic big city lifestyle for a life filled with clean air and vast open spaces. When Mark is not In the tasting room, he can be found on the slopes or trails around Breckenridge.
Missy - Tasting Room Associate
Missy works in our Fairplay Tasting Room and is a key ambassador helping show the community our new tasting room and expanded production facility. When not pouring her favorite wines, Missy can be found online helping with our social media platform.
Carolyn - Tasting Room Associate
Carolyn is a tasting room associate based in our Breckenridge Tasting Room. When not working at CDW, she runs an international bicycle tour company specializing in bike tours of wine regions around the globe.
Heather - Tasting Room Associate
Heather is a tasting room associate based in our Breckenridge Tasting Room. When not entertaining CDW guests, Heather enjoys travel, especially to wine regions!
Nick - Tasting Room Associate
Nick is a tasting room associate based in our Breckenridge Tasting Room. Nick's passions include wine and snowboarding.