The Mazza Team
Robert Mazza – Owner & Founder
A leader in the PA Wine Industry with a focus on creating quality, local products, Bob has been leading the Mazza team and growing the Mazza business, along with the PA wine industry, since Mazza Vineyards’ beginnings in 1973.
Mario Mazza – General Manager, Enologist
With a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH – Mario went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Enology from the University of Adelaide in Australia. While there, he gained experience in the Barossa Valley and in the Adelaide Hills. In addition to his early exposure to the family business, Mario has 15 years of experience in research & commercial winemaking, as well as sensory training including the PA Wine Quality Initiative. He has a passion for quality & excellence in both process & product.
Guillermo Lombardo – Assistant Winemaker
Guillermo, originally from Mendoza, Argentina, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Enology in his home town, where he also worked for several wineries as well as for his family’s farm and vineyards. Grapes and wine run in his family as his mother is a winemaker and his dad a grapegrower. He brings international experience in winemaking from Australia, along with experience from nearby Long Island, NY. Guillermo believes that a passion for people and for quality work are the main pillars for making great wines, and we are excited to have him as a part of our team.
Joe Nelson – Distiller
With hands-on experience since 2008 and several technical short-courses for distilling, Joe has found his passion and his niche in distillation. His repertoire has grown along with his knowledge and skills; from a previous venture in brewing beer, it has expanded into all areas of fermentation,
including mead, wine, spirits & whiskey.
Paul Alessi – Brewer
After completing his internship with Five & 20 and continuing work alongside our original brewer, Paul was invited to step up to the position of Head Brewer. Paul has a passion for beer and brewing, specifically in the WNY region. He is a proud member of the first Brewing Science graduating class at Erie Community College in WNY and a founding and active member of the Stumblin’ Falls Homebrew Club in WNY (for almost 20 years.) Paul has traveled various parts of the world, tasting great beer and visiting different breweries, and is currently studying to become a certified Cicerone. Paul is proud to work for an independent WNY craft brewery and is excited to continue to collaborate with local farmers to create great locally crafted beers. He has recently been elected to the Buffalo Niagara Brewers’ Association board as the Farm Brewery Chairperson.