As a vintner, an art collector, and an avid philanthropist, Ann Colgin is a renaissance woman with a playful and elegant personality. A native of Texas, Ann completed her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University followed by an M.A. at New York University. She completed the Sotheby’s Decorative Arts Course in London, began her career in the auction world in New York, and later was the Director of the Sotheby’s West Coast Wine Department based in Los Angeles.
In 1988, Ann attended the Napa Valley Wine Auction and fell in love with the region. She began spending summers and holidays in the area exploring the many aspects of the wines made there. After years of searching for a prime vineyard location, a hillside vineyard was discovered which would become the foundation for the creation of Colgin Cellars in 1992.
Ann is currently an Executive Committee Member of the Board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Centre Pompidou Foundation. Since 2009, Ann has chaired LACMA’s Collectors Committee Weekend, helping to add over $30 million of art to the permanent collection of the Museum.
She is a founding vintner and Honorary Trustee of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, where she served as Auctioneer for the first twelve years, helping to bring in more than $191 million for at-risk and underprivileged children.
Ann and her husband, Joe Wender, are lead investors in Camille Giroud, a negociant in Beaune, France. They have two adorable Coton de Tulear dogs, Gevrey and Mazis, named for vineyards in Burgundy.