Julia Bandy began her career in hospitality as many before her, entrenched in the allure of the restaurant business. At an early age she attended the New England Culinary Institute in Burlington, VT, igniting her love of wine. This sent her around the country cooking, working as a sommelier and wine buyer, and managing fine dining restaurants. Today, Julia’s role at Soter Vineyards is to shape the direction and development of its hospitality programs through all direct sales channels. She works with a small but impactful team to ensure Soter’s values of enlightened hospitality and sustainable business practices are reflected in every single guest experience.
Additionally, Julia serves as an advisory board member for the non-profit organization Assemblage, which advocates for the advancement, education and empowerment of women and diverse communities in the wine industry. She consults on wine programming with Portland event space The Nightwood Society, and is presently a Diploma candidate with the Wine and Spirit Education Trust.