David Pearson

Opus One Winery

David Pearson has served as the CEO of Opus One Winery since February, 2004. Opus One was formed in 1979 by the late Baron Philippe de Rothschild and the late Robert Mondavi. Opus One aspires to be recognized as one of the world’s finest wines. Prior to his position with Opus One, David served as president of Rancho Arroyo Grande Winery on the central coast of California. He has also served as vice president and general manager of Byron Vineyards & Winery (part of the Robert Mondavi Corporation). Prior to that he was the general manager for Robert Mondavi’s project in Languedoc, France where he produced Vichon wines. He spent four years working with Baron Philippe de Rothschild as the US marketing manager for the Rothschild wines. With Heublein, Inc. in Connecticut, David worked in R&D focusing on the sensory analysis of wines and spirits. David began his career working as winemaker at San Pasqual Vineyards in Southern California. David has recently served as an honorary director of the Grapes for Humanity Foundation, whose mission is to support global humanitarian efforts, particularly those focused on the victims and survivors of disasters and personal tragedies. He is a Board member for several organizations including UC Davis and the Napa Valley Vintners organization. David also serves as a Director on the Board of Festival del Solé, one of America’s premier music and lifestyle festivals held every year in Napa Valley. Opus One is a supporter of the Institute of Masters of Wine, which promotes excellence in the “art, science, and business of wine.” David earned a B.S. degree in fermentation science from the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He went on to earn an M.B.A. in international business from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He and his wife, Linnea, have two daughters and a son.