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Vanessa Conlin MW

Vanessa Conlin MW

Became an MW 2020

Based in United States

Nationality American

Languages English


Vanessa Conlin is a Master of Wine residing in Napa Valley.

In 2010, Vanessa moved to Napa Valley from New York City where she was the wine buyer for two prominent Manhattan wine retailers and the Wine Director for a Manhattan-based wine bar. In Napa, Vanessa served as the Director of Sales and Marketing for several of Napa’s most prestigious wineries, including Arietta Wines and Dana Estates.

Vanessa joined Wine Access, a national online wine provider, in 2017 and served as Chief Wine officer for six years, before joining Sotheby’s in 2023 as the Global Head of Wine Retail, dividing her time between Napa and New York City.

Currently, Vanessa is back in her beloved Napa Valley full-time, where she enjoys promoting the wines from this world-class growing region through Sotheby’s and other outlets.

As an avid supporter of charitable causes, Vanessa is on the Board of Directors for Jameson Humane, a Napa Valley-based animal rescue and sanctuary, and has chaired the organization’s annual charity wine auction seven times.

Prior to falling in love with wine, Vanessa worked as a professional musician, performing internationally and on Broadway, and holds a Master’s Degree in Music.

Current employer: Sotheby's

Primary area(s) of work: Trade, Strategy, Communication

Industry sector(s): Buying, Broadcasting, Distribution, Events, Journalism, Market access, Marketing, Off trade, Performing arts, PR, Sales, Wine buying

Specialisms: Digital communications, Direct to consumer, Ecommerce, Education, Events, Food and wine pairing, Identifying and meeting consumer demand, Podcasts, Supplier/customer relationships, TV, Wine judging