Please join NEW Florida for a dynamic happy hour event featuring RGNY's Minority Winemaker, Lilia Pérez.
Registrants will enjoy wine sampling and story-telling, as Lilia Pérez shares how she came to the winery business, hurdles she has overcome as a minority (and the only Mexican, female winemaker on the North Fork of Long Island), and how RGNY pivoted the business during the pandemic.
The Scielo Rosé we will explore is a complex blend of ripe strawberry and lychee- easy with a kick! This wine's well-balanced acidity creates a fresh explosive start with a long and elegant finish.
A wine sampling package will be mailed to registrants in advance, including a full-size bottle of Scielo Rosé, 2 rocking glasses, and literature. *Please note that packages can only be shipped to the following states: FL, CT, MI, NH, PA, TX, and WA. Registrants outside of these shipping areas are welcome to enjoy the wine of their choice during the event!
Lilia Pérez is RGNY’s resident Winemaker. Born in Sacramento California to Mexican-citizens, the family moved back to their native country following her Father’s graduation from UC Davis when she was only two. Serving as Lilia’s biggest influence, her Father—a Doctoral Agronomist—was who would foster her love for agricultural production by instilling in his daughter his passion for wine and winemaking.
Lilia began her career at the Mexican Wine Council where she first gained her hands-on, field experience. After two-and-a-half years with the Council, learning both the commercial and production aspects of the business, she received her Diploma in Viniculture from UC Davis.
In 2013, Lilia was hired as a Rivero González Brand Manager, promoting and positioning the heritage brand in Mexico City and the surrounding territories. After two years Lilia’s thirst for knowledge led her to Bordeaux, on behalf of the RG brand, where she would receive a Master’s of Business and Science In Vineyard & Winery Management. In addition to her studies, she worked with many of the Grand Cru Classés Châteaus—learning premium winemaking practices with a focus on quality.
In 2018, Lilia was tapped to help the Rivero González family launch the brand’s expansion into New York as its lead winemaker—her first experience in this prominent position. Once at the helm, and alongside the Rivero González Family, they worked side-by-side to implant the core values of their Mexican operation here in the states: researching the North Fork area, reducing the quantity of wines produced in favor of quality, establishing sustainability best practices, and institutionalizing minimal intervention processes.
RGNY created its first batch in 2018, with that year’s Scielo Chardonnay and RGNY Viognier achieving award-winning honors at the NY Wine and Food Classic; cementing Lilia’s status as one of the area’s only Mexican female winemakers and RGNY’s arrival on the North Fork.