Elizabeth Grattan Di Bartolo
Elizabeth Grattan Di Bartolo manages wine release communications, collateral design, social media, website, events, and press.
“My job is really to free up the Kanzler family so they can focus on making small amounts of incredible wine and getting it to our buyers in a warm and thoughtful way,” she says.
Grattan Di Bartolo was raised in Sonoma County and spent many days heading down dusty roads with her grandfather, who was a farm advisor for the UC Davis Extension Office.
“We would go to all kinds of farms—apples, prunes, pears, walnuts, and wine grapes too. I felt reverence for farming early on.”
“We didn’t have a TV in our house, so green growing things—cultivated or wild—was where the intrigue was.”
She earned a B.A. from Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges in Pennsylvania. Over the course of a decade she worked as copy editor and researcher for the Wine Industry Business Journal and North Bay Business Journal; sports reporter, copy editor, and layout designer for The Bend Bulletin Newspaper; managing editor of the film industry’s Makeup Artist Magazine; and sponsored content creator for The Oregonian Newspaper. Freelance marketing and copywriting projects for luxury fashion brands in the Bay Area followed. Upon returning to wine country, she was contracted by the County of Sonoma to design and produce its outward-facing annual report for three years as well as the investors guide for Upstream Investments.
She entered the wine industry on the hospitality side at VML / Truett Hurst Winery, and from there moved into a marketing position. Alex Kanzler had just left his Associate Winemaker post at the same company to focus on his family’s winery.
“A few years later when I applied at Kanzler, I actually didn’t know Alex. The only thing I knew was that I’d once been at a dinner with a winemaker who said, ‘What should we open next? This one… or the Kanzler?’ The implication was: Something ordinary, or something exceptional? Well, the Kanzler of course.”