Meet the Winemaking Team
Conor McCormack, Winemaker
Conor McCormack, raised in Northern California, got his start in the wine industry in 2003 working for a vineyard negociant who focused on sourcing premium grapes from some of the best vineyards in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties. After refining his craft in renowned cellars of the region, Conor relocated to the East Coast to build and launch the winemaking program at Brooklyn Winery. He has since been focused on producing fine wines from multiple and distinct growing regions in a wide range of styles, with the linking factor for all, first and foremost, being the quality of the vineyard. His winemaking perspective can be summarized simply: “I strive to make elegant yet intense wines that showcase a particular site from a particular year. I want to highlight each region for what it can do best, while also pushing the boundaries of what is often expected.” Conor brings a strong combination of technical training and hands-on experience to Brooklyn Winery, BKW, and District Winery, specializing in boutique premium wines.
Chuck Gergley, Assistant Winemaker
Originally hailing from New York, Chuck Gergley entered the wine-making world in 2007 at Crushpad, an urban winery in San Francisco, CA. During his time there he was fortunate enough to work with grapes from some of the best vineyards in Northern California, Oregon, and Washington State. While at Crushpad he began developing the skills necessary to produce fine wine in an urban environment. After returning to the east coast, he joined Brooklyn Winery for the 2011 harvest season and has been part of the team ever since. Chuck oversees production at Brooklyn Winery and continually aims to maintain and produce wines that are distinctive, surprising, fun, and innovative. “Winemaking is constantly throwing new challenges at you and there’s always more and more to learn—that’s what makes it so rewarding.”