Meet Team Eleven Eleven
These incredible people are what make our wine, tasting experiences and brand exceptional.
My passion is derived from many sources: my love for connecting with people over fine wine, food, music, art, sports and conversation. My values are rooted in family and friendships that last a lifetime.
Ellie Anest grew up in Nebraska on a working farm. Her father owned and operated a farming operation which included cattle, sugar beets, soybeans, and corn. Her mother was self-taught, and creative in the areas of cooking, gardening, and decor. Her parents’ ability to nurture seeds into valuable crops inspired her to cultivate ideas and bring them to life. At age 20, Ellie moved to San Diego where she attended San Diego State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Accounting. While there, she became involved in philanthropy through the local Greek community, and soon met Carol Vassiliadis. Over time, they cultivated a deep friendship that ultimately led to their partnership and the creation of Eleven Eleven Winery.
Before founding Eleven Eleven, Ellie built a broad resume working with Fortune 500 companies, mid-size firms and small businesses alike. She began her career at KPMG, providing accounting and finance support for her clients, followed by numerous years at the Taco Bell Corporation on both business planning and marketing teams. Ellie has always had an entrepreneurial spirit, and for approximately seven years, she owned and operated Anest Financial Solutions. Here she provided a variety of business consulting services for small to mid-size companies. Prior to starting the winery, Ellie worked at RGP, a publicly traded professional services firm, where she built a client base focusing on business solutions for various industries.
Through the course of her career, Ellie’s entrepreneurial spirit has prevailed. Her years of business experience, combined with strong values of quality and customer service, laid the foundation for the partnership venture of Eleven Eleven Winery.
When not working at the winery, Ellie offers up her time and resources to the Philoptochos Organization, a philanthropic extension of the Greek Orthodox Church. When not spending time with family, friends, loving on her nephews, nieces and godchildren, Ellie enjoys fitness, music and her time at the beach.
Ellie is a supporter of the Queen of the Valley Foundation, Festival Napa Valley, Napa Valley Film Festival, and National Ability Center among other non-profit organizations.