SANTA ROSA — VinoPro’s major shift two years ago to becoming the contract telesales force for wineries has propelled the company into the ranks of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. VinoPro (707-396-5000, vinopro.com) this year debuts on the Inc. 5000 list of private companies with the fastest revenue growth in the past three years. VinoPro ranked No. 238 with 1,818 percent revenue growth to $8 million in 2012 from $440,000 in 2009. The New York-based publication publishes the list Tuesday.
“We’re on track for a whole lot more in 2013,” said Jeff Stevenson, VinoPro founder and chief executive officer. Yet the company is having to limit how many new winery clients it takes on to be able to allow the sales team to spend meaningful time with consumers of existing brand clients. And some prospective vintner clients haven’t been collecting enough information from tasting room visitors, specifically phone numbers.