The Unfiltered Collection is an employee owned company which offers comprehensive wine brand consulting with sales, marketing, business administration and brand strategy. Our team of seasoned wine professionals will provide the management and support necessary to launch and grow a successful wine brand. We trust and cherish the quality of Jean Hoefliger's consulting winemaking expertise, and we believe each of those brands deserves the attention and care they need to grow.
Jean Hoefliger was born and raised in Switzerland. His initial experience took him from Switzerland to Bordeaux, and South Africa, making wine at the esteemed estates of Chateau Lynch-Bages, Chateau Carbonnieux, and Meerlust. Completing a winemaking and viticulture degree at the Swiss federal school of Changins, Jean came to California where he spent five years as winemaker for Newton Vineyard.
After Jean’s time at Newton, he was approached by a new project, Alpha Omega, to build a brand as Winemaker and General Manager. This opportunity gave Jean the ability to solidify and build relationships with the top growers in Napa Valley. Alpha Omega also gave Jean the experience growing a Direct to Consumer business with distribution nationally.
In 2005, Jean began working as a Consulting Winemaker for different wineries and chateau’s in different parts of the world – from Napa Valley to Switzerland to Italy. The brands include Clark Claudon, located on Howell Mountain; Decades 5, a 100% Petit Verdot from Stagecoach Vineyard; Armanino Family Cellars, which has Pinot Noir’s from Santa Lucia Highlands, Russian River and Santa Rita Hills, as well as Cabernet from Napa Valley; Speratus, a small production winery whose proceeds go to fund scholarships to De La Salle High School; Monteverro, an Italian Chateau located on the southern tip of Tuscany with their inaugural release in 2008; and Zanolari Wines, a Swiss project making Pinot Noir and Valtellina; The Debate, three single vineyard 100% Cabernet Sauvignon’s from Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper, To Kalon and Dr. Crane; Michel Rolland’s first Napa Valley wine, MR; Red Hawk Tail a Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt Veeder in Napa Valley; Sunshine Valley a Cabernet Sauvignon located in Oak Knoll District in Napa Valley; and V. Vineyards & Audace wines, single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from the Sonoma County side of Spring Mountain.
Jean’s passion, knowledge, scientific training and innate ability put him in a unique position to take the best grapes around the world and transform them into wines worthy of world class standing
The Unfiltered Collection has a full team available for support.
VP of Sales
All duties related to national and international sales including, but not limited to:
distribution and allocation management, market visits, and trade events.
Oversees client management and business management including,
but not limited to: accounting, compliance, finance, inventory, logistics and operations.
Oversees all finances of The Collection.
Assists with marketing, graphics, social media public relations and brand strategy for clients.