A Family Tradition
Every bottle of wine is created with the creativity, hard work, and dedication of The Castetter Family.
The concept of infusing flavorful hemp notes to wine originated with Jim in 1997 with his company Hemp Wine America. After enjoying breakout success, the federal government moved to shut him down due to lack of understanding about non-psychoactive hemp products.
During the summer of 2015, Kaelan Castetter, the originator's son, began exploring the viability and legality of again bringing this unique product to market. After nearly two years of exploration and carefully working within all state and federal hemp regulations, Sovereign Vines was launched as America's Only Hemp Infused Wine.
Now, the father-son duo works with some of the nation's highest quality, all-natural, hemp extract to bring their hallmark smooth and earthy flavor to high quality wines.
We are proud to call New York's Southern Tier home.
Meet our team...
Kaelan Castetter, CEO
Kaelan oversees almost all aspects of the business. He grew up locally and attended both Binghamton High School and Binghamton University, studying Political Science.
Working with the unique branding and ever changing regulatory environment is his favorite and most exciting part of the job, along with traveling throughout New York State engaging customers!
Pastimes: Kaelan is an avid outdoors enthusiast and environmentalist who spends his free time exploring New York's nature. He also enjoys wines and craft beers from across the state and world.
Jim Castetter, President
James works closely with Kaelan on deciding important business decisions affecting all aspects of Sovereign Vines. Specifically, he focuses on new product development, quality control, production, and logistics. You can also find him sharing his passion for our wines at farmer's markets and liquor store tastings.
James studied Business Administration at Binghamton University and is a native of Los Angeles.
Pastimes: He enjoys restoring and driving vintage sports cars and spending weekends as a race marshall at Watkins Glen International. He also has a professed love for the perfection and beauty of Ferrari.
Dana Barooshian, CFO
Dana has extensive experience working with companies on developing sound growth strategies. He advises all company decisions on expansion and scaling. Dana is also a minority shareholder.
He has consulted on many high level projects as a Certified Fraud Examiner and partner of Martin LTD. Dana graduated from Binghamton University and received a Masters in Business Administration from Loyola University.
Andrew Martin, CFO
Andrew is a seasoned vet on working in highly regulated industries. His extensive background in accounting and audit proves invaluable to the financial health of the company. Andrew is also a minority shareholder.
He is a former Nevada Assemblyman, member of the Nevada Economic Forum, managing partner of Martin LTD., and is currently running for State Treasurer of Nevada.
Jamison Sherretts, Director of Creative Development
Jamison has an impeccable eye for design and creating innovative branding. He is responsible for all of our marketing content, branding, and planning future advertising campaigns. Because of our unique wines, he has wide latitude to create creative and new content.
Pastimes: He is a dog enthusiast and spends his free time exploring new music and drawing.