Vineyard Team

Cortlandt and Nancy Knowles Parker

Cortlandt and Nancy Knowles Parker, a native of New York State where her grandfather grew grapes, began her newspaper career on the Washington Evening Star and then the Newark Evening News where she met her husband of 50 years, Cortlandt Parker. Together they started a chain of weekly/community newspapers in New Jersey. She then started a quarterly newspaper for the New England wine region called the New England Wine Gazette. There are now three wine newspapers, the New England Wine Gazette, the Finger Lakes Wine Gazette, the Long Island Wine Gazette and the Virginia Wine Gazette. She is publisher of the wine publication and Publisher emeritus of the community newspapers which are now run by two of her children, Elizabeth Parker and Stephen W. Parker. Another son, Cortlandt Parker is living with his wife and family in Florida and her youngest daughter Nancy is the General Manager of the winery and lives with her husband and family in Boston, MA. She serves on the board of the Colonial Dames and the Newport Garden Club. She has 14 grandchildren including two step grandchildren.

Nancy Parker Wilson

Nancy Parker Wilson has been General Manager for Greenvale Vineyards since she, her husband and parents embarked on this enterprise in 1992. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, she moved to Boston after graduation and became the Director of Public Information for the two Boston area Zoos, Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo. After five years she became an Account Executive at a Boston area public relations company, Clarke and Company, where she led the Community Relations program for the Prudential Property Company, Coors Beer and helped to develop the opening of Domain Home Furnishings. With the onset of children, she started her own community relations company which included accounts such as the Zoos, Prudential, the Boston Foundation/Greenspace Alliance and other Boston based organizations. An avid preservationist, Nancy served as a Landmarks Commissioner for her neighborhood, the South End for eight years. She presently serves on the board of the South End Historical Society, Aquidneck Land Trust, Rhode Island Center for Agricultural Promotion and Education and on the Collections Committee for the Preservation Society of Newport County and the Steering Committee for the Seminarians, a Boston based group of collectors of American Decorative Arts. Mrs. Wilson has three children, Bennett who is at Wesleyan University, Billy who is at Lawrenceville School in new Jersey and and Parker who attends Boston Latin. Mrs. Wilson has two step daughters, Emily Wilson of New York City and Jessica Wilson of San Francisco and one grandchild, Lucas.

William F. Wilson

William F. Wilson of Boston is President of Wilson Architects an architectural practice recognized for designing and building beautiful college and university buildings with a specialty in the sciences. Recently he has been traveling to Spain and Ireland to plan and design Nano Laboratories. Other clients include Vanderbilt University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University and University of Chicago. Bill graduated from Harvard College and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Prior to starting his medium sized practice he was a 25 year employee and Principle at Payette Associates also of Boston. The Wilsons have lived in the south end for 25 years and have had a chance to work on two residences there. The Stable Restoration is a great example of Historic Preservation. Bill is on the board of the Preservation Society of Newport County. Though he is not able to spend much time presently at Greenvale during the week, he is at Greenvale most weekends. Bill has five children already listed above.

Richard Carmichael

Richard Carmichael joined Greenvale Vineyards as Winemaker in 1997. Prior to Greenvale he had been the Assistant Winemaker at the Williamsburg Winery in Williamsburg Virginia. Richard graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Enology from California State University at Fresno and was a winemaker in California for a number of years before moving back East. Richard joined Greenvale so that he would have the opportunity to work in the Vineyards and in the Winery which allowed him to see the grapes from the beginning to when in the bottle and being poured. He has been critical to the successful development of Greenvale as a grower to Greenvale as the producer of excellent estate grown wines. Richard’s wines have repeatedly won golds and double golds in major competitions. Richard lives with his wife Maggie Jones in Newport.

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Hever Ortega joined Greenvale Vineyards in 1992 as an assistant in the Vineyards. He was promoted to Vineyard Manager in 1994. In 1992, Hever had just moved from Guatamala and had been hired by Cortlandt Parker to assist in our new venture. Hever became a United States citizen in 2002. Hever, who fortunately grew up on a cattle farm is not only great with the 24000 vines planted here, but with our two Scottish highland and in overall beautification and landscaping. Hever live with his wife and son in Providence.

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