Ian Glomski, PhD, Founder
A former Professor of Microbiology at the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine, Ian has had a profound fascination for over twenty years for microbes and how they sculpt our macroscopic world. An experienced brewer, winemaker, cheesemaker, meat curer, kefir culturer, veggie pickler, wild mushroom forager, and infectious disease specialist, anything having to do with microbes turns him on; having trained at the Pasteur Institute of Paris, founded by the father of modern fermentation Louis Pasteur.
With all of his experience constructing and running medical microbiological research laboratories under his belt, a deep involvement with his family’s wine businesses in Arizona, and a voracious appetite for luxury libations, for Ian distillation is a perfect match. Founding a distilled spirits enterprise gives life to so many aspects of his personality and training that it seems something akin to destiny; when the stars align you run with it!
Eric Glomski, Principal
Called a “pioneer” of the Arizona wine industry and the area’s “best known vintner” by the Wine Enthusiast, Eric is a renaissance man of the alcohol industry; having founded two wineries, Page Springs Cellars & Vineyards and Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, and cutting his chops at the esteemed David Bruce Winery in the Santa Cruz mountains as Co-winemaker and Director of Production.
As with all great pioneers, Eric kept his eye on the next frontier and saw small batch artisanal distilled spirits on the horizon. To Vitae Spirits Distillery’s team Eric brings a profound knowledge of building, managing, and running family-owned beverage alcohol companies
Zuzana Ponca, Principal
When you are born in a land that drinks beer for breakfast and your grandma is rushed to the hospital because her still exploded, it sticks in your blood. Zu’s impeccable eye for design brought her into the alcohol beverage industry as the developer of multiple wine and beer labels and led her ever deeper into the distilling rabbit hole. If you see something that pleases your eye at Vitae Spirits Distillery there is a good chance that Zu had something to do with it.