Meet Our Team
Our Fearless and Forever Young Leader
Truly a women who needs no introduction, Happy is the matriarch of the Stonington Vineyards family, and she lives up to every sense of her name. Happy, along with late husband, Nick, created not just a destination at Stonington Vineyards, but a vineyard experience with unparalleled customer service and delectable wines. When Happy and Nick moved from New York City to Stonington in the mid 1980’s, she brought with her a sharp sense of humor, an open mind, and an even bigger heart. Happy is very much involved in the day-to-day operations of the vineyard, and always takes time each day to appreciate the beauty that surrounds the property. To know Happy is to love her, and adore her we do!
Esteemed Winemaker | General Manager
Mike McAndrew started his long career in the wine industry selling wine in the Finger Lakes region of New York in the late 70’s. Excited about the emerging wine community in Connecticut, Mike apprenticed at another Connecticut vineyard before coming on as the winemaker at Stonington Vineyards in 1987. It was the combination of climate, elevation, close proximity to the ocean and mineral content in the soil that lured Mike to Stonington Vineyards and lucky for us, he has been our winemaker ever since. A minimalist at heart, Mike’s winemaking philosophy is as natural as possible. “Grow sound fruit, pick when ripe and make great wine.” In his free time Mike can be found practicing yoga, enjoy the slopes while the vines are dormant or spending time with his beloved family!
Dedicated & Experienced Vineyard Manager
Our Vineyard Manager Linda, got her start in the vineyards because of her initial interest in plants and gardening. She has been with Stonington Vineyards for 18 years taking her direction directly from winemaker, Mike McAndrew. Stonington Vineyards has a very hands on approach to farming. The vines are all hand pruned, hedged and harvested. We strive to incorporate organic practices whenever possible and respect the unique micro-climate of the region we are fortunate to call home.
Jim has been with Stonington Vineyards for the past 12 years. Working under the leadership of Mike McAndrew, Jim has helped create the quality wines Stonington Vineyards has become known for. Jim and Mike make an excellent team, and Jim’s organization and experience are paramount during harvest season. Jim resides locally with his wife Nicole, and their beautiful children Avery and Walker, who are often found helping Dad during harvest season!
Director of Operations | Tasting Room Mom
Nanci Waugh has been with Stonington Vineyards for the past ten years. She began as Tasting Room Manager, and is now Director of Operations of our boutique farm winery. Nanci is a familiar face around the tasting room, and she shares a passion for wine education, and our wonderful customers, or as she calls them… our family. When Nanci is not at the vineyard, she can be found enjoying the sun and the sand with her beautiful family.
Tasting Room & Events Manager | Brand Ambassador
Ebbie Young came to us from the famed Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI and has been forging the winery into a new era. Under her leadership, Stonington Vineyards has increased the number and variety of events we host each year. She always has a creative idea or an extra special element to take the experience we offer our customers to new heights. Always smiling, always putting our customers first…Ebbie is the face of our Tasting Room and the coordinator for the rest of our Stonington Vineyards family. Recently, Ebbie started her own family with her husband Adam and you will often catch baby Stella at the winery helping mom host our guests!