Area Sales Manager – Central

Vanessa Jungbluth-Fullmer - Area Sales Manager, CentralHailing from northeast Ohio, Vanessa has worked in the bev-alc industry for over 14 years, splitting her time among wine, beer and spirits. With an agricultural upbringing and family history of winemaking, Vanessa grew up hearing stories of her great grandfather’s winery where her dad’s childhood job was cleaning the inside of the empty wine barrels.

A business degree in Marketing led her to the non-profit and arts industries after college before serendipitously finding her true passion in the wine industry. Initially calling on key accounts for Heidelberg Distributing in northern Ohio, Vanessa relocated to Chicago after getting married. To further round out her knowledge of the wine industry she worked for a brand agency, a fine wine retailer and an experiential marketing agency before landing a role at the oldest wine distributor in Chicago, Louis Glunz Wines. After a successful tenure with Glunz, she made the leap to barley and hops, managing the state of Illinois for FIFCO USA.

Serendipity lent its hand again when the opportunity to represent a legacy portfolio of world-class, family-owned wineries with Folio presented itself, combining her professional experience, personal history and passion into one role.

When not spoiling her dog, Lucy, she is unapologetically epicurean and loves to travel the world with her husband, seeking out the obscure, extraordinary and audacious in food, wine and friendships. Favorite trips have always included some aspect of wine, whether visiting vineyards, working harvest or seeking out that next delightfully unexpected pairing.