Team

Dave Phinney, Proprietor and Winemaker

The history of Dave Phinney ‘the Winemaker’, dates back to 1995 when, Dave took a friend up on an offer and went to Florence, Italy to spend a semester abroad. During that time, he was introduced to wine, how it was made, and had to know more. A few more years of university led to graduation and eventually a job at Robert Mondavi Winery in 1997 as a temporary harvest worker. Deciding that if he was going to work this hard, it would eventually have to be for himself, so in 1998 he founded his first wine brand with two tons of zinfandel and not much else. He spent the next decade making wine for others as well as himself and has now grown multiply companies into internationally renown brands. His international ambition with Locations Wine has led him to Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Corsica, Argentina and other locations around the globe. The vision here is to create the best possible wine that represents its Location across wine regions of the world. The intent is to make wine less complicated and remove restrictions that limit freedom and sense of expression. As such Locations purposefully blends across appellations to produce wine removing restrictions held within traditional winemaking circles. An ambitious project where innovation and freedom meet on a global journey of discovery, exploring the worlds Locations through wine.

Our Staff

 

Caine Thompson, General Manager
General Manager for Locations, Caine has held various roles, and leadership positions in the wine industry.  Prior to Locations Caine was Managing Director for Pyramid Valley Vineyards, one of New Zealand’s elite estates, producing compelling single estate wines from locations around New Zealand. Caine lead various projects and initiatives for New Zealand winegrowers, being Chairman of Hawkes Bay winegrowers research, Technical Officer for the Gimblett Gravels Association, along with various organic, plant health and precision viticulture projects across New Zealand.  Caine and business partner Dr Hayden Lawrence, founded New Zealand’s first precision Viticulture company Spatial Solutions, providing unique GPS tools and sensors for managing variation to improve wine quality across New Zealand vineyards. Caine is a trained Viticulturist holding this role while in Hawkes Bay for Alpha Domus and Mission Estate Wineries. Caine has completed an MBA to complement his Bachelor of Science and Honours Degrees. He is highly driven and determined, which are key characteristic that have led him to achieve such accolades as New Zealand Young Viticulturist of the Year, Horticulturist of the Year and Leadership New Zealand scholar.
“Locations is one of the most compelling and disruptive wine companies in the world of wine today, and I’m honoured to be leading this venture with one of the world’s great wine minds and winemakers in Dave Phinney”.
Mick Roberts, National Sales Director
Mick has spent his whole professional career in the wine business. From his first job right out of school throwing cases for a distributor to his current role of National Sales Director. While studying Hotel & Restaurant Management at RIT, he realized during his last year that working all the nights and weekend in the hospitality business might not be the best career choice. Upon graduation, he started his journey in the wine business through E & J Gallo and their training program. Spending the first seven years of his career with Gallo/wholesalers in 4 different markets he cut his teeth learning the industry. After leaving Gallo, he worked for another large wine company, Constellation for four years focusing on on-premise. Looking for new challenges to continue his growth he started a career that lasted the past ten years with Aveniu Brands. During that time, he had a number of different roles including Mid-West Regional Manager, National Chain Account Manager, South Zone Director and Central Division Manager. These roles help prepare him for his current role with Locations Wine. Mick lives outside of Houston, TX with his wife Angela and their two kids Austin and Rachael.
Autumn Tello, Production and Marketing Director
A Napa native, Autumn joined the Locations team as a winemaking assistant during the 2015 harvest. Before transitioning into Winemaking, where she worked with premium wine brands in both the Napa Valley and Australia, quickly working her way up from Intern to Assistant Winemaker, Autumn held positions in Sales and Marketing, and Administration. She thrives on the dichotomy between innovative creativity and Standard Operating Procedures, and now combines her passion for all things art and organization, as our Production and Marketing Director, utilizing her studies in graphic design and winemaking, and over a decade of industry experience. Outside of the office, Autumn enjoys cooking healthy meals, yoga, backpacking and weekend excursions with her handsome Winemaker and their German shorthair, Callie.
Christina Hug, Western Regional Sales Manager
Raised in Northern Michigan, Christina moved to Oregon in 2005 to indulge her passions for all the things the Northwest had to offer. A 2001 Graduate of Michigan State University, this one-time 2nd-grade teacher has always had an interest in food and wine. As a member of the fine dining restaurant world, Christina increased her knowledge of regional and international wines and cuisine. An avid adventurer, Christina has visited some of the world’s best-known wine regions including Italy, France and her native country of Argentina, as well as regions closer to home such as Washington and California in pursuit of increasing her knowledge. Christina worked her way up the ranks in the Oregon Wine Industry beginning her career as a tasting rooms associate. Her skills were quickly acknowledged, and Christina was promoted to a Regional Sales Manager for one of Oregon’s largest and most well-respected wineries. During this time Christina gained the respect of wine buyers and distributors locally and nationally. With increased market gain each year, Christina is known for her personable and sincere approach to wine sales. While not working, Christina enjoys music, traveling, hiking, spending time with her close-knit family and her dog Eloise. Christina is very grateful to be a part of the Locations team and embraces their commitment to quality. 
Mark Nairn, European Production Manager
Mark grew up on a cattle farm in Western Australia.
He was always going to be a cattle farmer until his father planted grapes and established a boutique winery and from there his fascination for wine developed.
After gaining a degree at Roseworthy Agrcultural college in South Australia he worked vintages in both Northern and Southern hemispheres for 6 years before taking a full time role with an English wine importing company making wines for them in many different countries including Portugal, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, Cyprus, South Africa, California, Morocco. Mark worked in many different regions and with many different grapes varieties, learning a great deal from these varied experiences, meeting some fantastic people along the way.
In 2007 Mark was fortunate enough to be offered a job with the Codorniu family who have been making wines since 1551, to run their Raimat winery west of Barcelona which he did for 8 years. Mark is now heavily involved in the Locations wine team where again he gets to travel the world with Dave and be involved in wine production from various countries.