Ten Thousand Vines Winery is the Result of a Passion and The Love of Wine

Though the business may have started off as being relatively small compared to other wineries, Ten Thousand Vines has grown and now has a staff of uniquely talented people who continue that passion for wine.

Here’s a quick look at the people who make the winery great:

Mike Ditonto | Proprietor and Lead Wine Maker

Mike’s passion for wine started years ago through his family heritage. Family gatherings always included wine and food. His interest in making wine has been enhanced by his culinary creativity. Mike’s business acumen comes from his Engineering education and experience running a large manufacturing company, which he was involved in for many years prior to starting the winery. When talking to Mike in the tasting room, or taking one of the wine-making classes, one can quickly and clearly recognize his passion for his art.

AJ Schueckler | Wine Maker

AJ earned his Introduction Sommelier certification and has extensive experience in the hospitality industry.  He has managed wine lists for some of the finest restaurants and private clubs in the Buffalo area.  He also has worked in retail wine stores and holds both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in hospitality and culinary arts.

Samantha Flavell | Marketing Associate

Samantha has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Graphic Design from SUNY Oswego. She is responsible for many of the labels, forms, and images found around the winery as well as the social media and website content.  When she’s not at the winery, Samantha can be found out walking her dog or finding new wines to try.

Maggie Alexander | Tasting Room Associate

Maggie Alexander brings to us both retail wine and business experience.  She has held positions in wine and liquor stores around the Southtowns.  When she is not traveling and visiting wineries, she works in the banking industry.

Devon Pettygrove | Sales Associate

Devon has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from SUNY Buffalo State College. He has been working in fundraising development for the last 7 years. He has lived in Buffalo, N.Y., Austin, T.X., and Los Angeles, C.A. He is back in Buffalo working for Headway of WNY as their Community Relations Coordinator. He spends his free time networking, as well as working at Ten Thousand Vines because of his love of wine and interacting with new people.