Meet The Team

Jean
Owner

Jean Case is an actively engaged philanthropist and investor; and a pioneer in the world of interactive technologies. Jean spent more than two decades as an executive in the private sector, where she led marketing and branding efforts for AOL, before she and her husband, Steve Case, created the Case Foundation in 1997. A 30-year Virginia resident, Jean believes strongly in the potential for the state to be amongst the world’s top wine regions. Jean and Steve opened Early Mountain Vineyards in 2012 to showcase their passion for the best wine and food that Virginia has to offer.

Peter
CEO

Born and educated in Switzerland, Peter Hoehn is a true world traveler. He’s managed hotels and resorts around the world for 30 years, from the Caribbean to California to Virginia, to North Carolina. Virginians, however, know Peter as a former executive at the Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville, where he fell in love with and promoted Virginia wines. Having grown up near vineyards experiencing the magic that transforms delicate grape buds into complex wines, Peter is driven by a sense of purpose to advocate for the region and the beverage that fascinates him.

Dave
General Manager

Dave Kostelnik has been enamored with Virginia wine since relocating to the area more than a decade ago. He previously served as general manager of Charlottesville's specialty food store Feast, and understands the vibrant local food and wine landscape and its significance to Virginia. Before entering the world of food and wine, Dave spent time in marketing and public relations for tech start-ups and financial companies in Silicon Valley and Manhattan respectively. In his role at the vineyard, Dave's goal is to ensure that each visitor  experiences top-notch Virginia wines in an exceptional atmosphere.

Erich
Head of Strategy

With a passion for wine and enthusiasm for helping to establish Virginia as one of the top wine regions in the world, Erich Broksas leads strategy and partnerships for Early Mountain Vineyards. In his role, Erich heads up EMV's Best of Virginia efforts, with the goal to elevate, celebrate, and champion Virginia wine. Bringing more than 20 years of strategy, business development and marketing expertise, Erich is a senior executive with the Case Foundation and Revolution, focused on identifying new ways in which individuals, foundations, and non-profits can leverage innovative technology and business models to drive social change.

Ben
Winemaker

Ben Jordan oversees all aspects of winemaking, vineyards and production at Early Mountain Vineyards. A native Virginian who began his winemaking career in Sonoma County with Dutcher Crossing Winery and C. Donatiello Winery, Ben most recently worked with Michael Shaps at Virginia Wineworks.

Along with his father and brothers, Ben also helps run his family’s vineyard in the Shenandoah Valley and makes an aromatized wine called War & Rust. Outside of the wine world, Ben enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. Ben is a graduate of Duke University and received his master's from Carnegie Mellon University.

Rachel
Director of Marketing

With a passion for wine and desire to help write Virginia’s story as a rising world-class wine region, Rachel leads the brand strategy, marketing and communications for Early Mountain Vineyards. In her role, Rachel manages both the onsite Events team as well as the Marketing & Communications team with the goal of creating meaningful relationships through the Early Mountain brand and all of Virginia wine through our Best of Virginia program. Formerly a senior executive with Ogilvy & Mather, Rachel brings more 18 years of marketing and communications experience to an industry she loves.

Jean
Owner
Peter
CEO
Dave
General Manager
Erich
Head of Strategy
Ben
Winemaker
Rachel
Director of Marketing