As Ackerman Family Vineyard’s General Manager, Lars Ryssdal brings a robust history in winery brand management, wholesale beverage and restaurant trade experience to the team. Lars recently moved from the Seattle area where he was a fixture on the Northwest wine scene for over 25 years. His background as a wine educator and twice-certified sommelier brings extensive knowledge in establishing Ackerman Family Vineyards as a recognized boutique brand.
Most recently, he served as Brand Manager for Corliss Estates Winery in the Seattle area before joining Ackerman Family Vineyards. Lars helped facilitate the careers of many aspiring sommeliers with his heartfelt involvement with the Court of Master Sommeliers and Society of Wine Educators. He also served on the development team of Young’s Market Certification for Beverage Professionals program as the Fine Wine Manager for the Pacific Northwest Region. Prior to pursuing his passion for wine, Lars spent 10 years on the west coast in the radio and recording industries.
As a board member of the Pacific Northwest Wine Academy, the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute “Evening of Wine” and as Chef Sommelier of “Auction of Washington Wine”, Lars’ efforts have been recognized by Seattle Magazine, as well as The American Institute of Wine and Food. In 2011, Lars was honored by the State of Washington as the first “Ambassador of Wine” for the state.
Lars is a welcome addition to the Ackerman Family Vineyards team and will manage all aspects of sales operations, distribution, market branding and day-to-day administration.