Our Staff

Our Owner, Ms. Destiny Burns

Destiny Burns, Owner, CLE Urban Winery

I am a native Clevelander (born and raised in Euclid), and I recently moved back home after more than 30 years to be near family and to live my dream of opening an urban winery here in my beloved hometown. I’m a retired U.S. Navy officer (I served for 20 years on active duty), and I then spent more than 13 years as a business development executive in the defense industry in the Washington DC area. I am also a former volunteer firefighter/EMT, and I have great love and respect for first responders and for all those who serve our country and communities in uniform.

Wine has always been a great passion of mine – I have lived and traveled all around the world throughout my adult life, studying and enjoying wine and food. I have advanced degrees in Business and professional experience in all aspects of business development, marketing and management, and have also pursued formal and informal training and professional development opportunities in the wine industry. All of my experience and education – combined with my passion for wine and for my wonderful hometown – has culminated in my decision to open and run my own winery in the metropolitan Cleveland area and provide the ‘wine companion” to all the great craft beer and spirits made here! So – let’s have fun, celebrate, connect, support charitable causes and drink some great wine together at CLE Urban Winery!

Our Winemaker, Mr. Dave Mazzone

David Mazzone, Winemaker, CLE Urban Winery

I am originally from the Cleveland area, however, I have not always called Cleveland home. My affinity for wine led me to the Napa Valley in 2003 to pursue a winemaking education. After several vintages spent learning my craft, I returned to Northeast Ohio and began making wine in the Grand River Valley. Over the years I have consulted for many of Ohio’s top wineries.

When I learned of an Urban Winery coming to my hometown of Cleveland Heights, I felt compelled to make a contribution to the project. The vision for the winery is one that emphasizes community outreach through wine accessibility, and a commitment to educate and enable all levels of wine enthusiasts.

I look forward to interacting with all my fellow Oenophiles in the Greater Cleveland area!

Our Winery Operations Manager, Mrs. Michele Kit

Our Tasting Room Manager, Ms. Monica Minck

Our Tasting Room Staff

Mr. Jeremy Gage, Assistant Tasting Room Manager

Ms. Cindy Davis, Sales Manager

Mrs. Alexandra Utrup

Ms. Jessica Hanes

Mr. Michael Moore

Ms. Kristine Derkovich