One of the most prominent wine marketers in the U.S., John Gillespie’s career spans more than thirty years, and is highlighted by his leadership of Wine Market Council and his direction for more than a decade of the council’s ongoing programs of consumer research, advertising, and public relations. At Wine Colleagues, he directs the Consumer Research and Marketing practice. He is also the director of the strategic operations of Wine Opinions, a consumer research provider to the wine industry.
Beginning his career in New York as a wine magazine editor, Gillespie has worked as a wine journalist, in the retail and restaurant trade, in marketing and public relations for wineries, and as the head of the Bordeaux Wine Information Bureau and Wine Market Council. He is the founder of Wine Opinions and a founding partner of Wine Colleagues.