Meet the Stonington Vineyards Team

Meet Our Team

  • Happy Smith

    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!

  • Mike McAndrew

    Mike McAndrew

    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!

  • Linda Mason

    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 Romanski

    Jim Romanski

    Assistant Winemaker

    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!

  • Susan Larouche

    Susan Larouche

    Tasting Room Manager

    Susan first started at Stonington Vineyards in 2013 as part of our seasonal tasting room staff  and has grown to be a regular presence at the vineyard.  Committed, dedicated to our customers and always willing to help, it was a natural progression for her to step into the role of Tasting Room Manager. Always with a smile and cool under pressure, Susan is someone who is definitely familiar to all you SV regulars! In her free time, she spends time with her husband (honorably serving our country as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard) or let’s be honest, doting over her beloved nephews, niece and godson!

  • Joshua Main

    Group Tasting Manger

    Joshua started at Stonington Vineyards in 2009 as part of our weekend tasting room staff.  Steadfast, Joshua is always willing to meet the varied needs of our customers. His social nature, knowledge of wine and ability to charm a crowd, made him a natural to head up our group events. Joshua’s reputation to make a group smile from the moment they walk in to the tasting room, until their very last sip is a great asset to our vineyard.  In his free time, he practices his culinary skills, baking and cooking for those he loves. (which luckily is sometimes our staff!)

  • Mikel-Ann Raposa

    Mikel-Ann Raposa

    Retail Sales Manager/Senior Tasting Room

    Mikel-Ann started at Stonington Vineyards over 12 years ago, as part of our festival team and quickly moved to weekend tasting room staff.  Committed to our customers, Mikel-Ann can be seen in the tasting room after a week of teaching at a local school and university.   Her commitment to customer service is evident to all those regulars who know her by name!  Mikel-Ann is a devoted mother to her son, Jonathan and the wife of Lou Raposa who she married last July at Stonington Vineyards.