Preston is the fourth generation member of the Van Winkle family to enter into the bourbon business. He is the great grandson of iconic bourbon maker Julian P. “Pappy” Van Winkle, Sr. and son of current Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery President, Julian P. Van Winkle, III.
Preston graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2001 and immediately started working for his father. Initially he split time between the Lou. office and the Lawrenceburg bottling facility where he often processed bourbon for bottling and ran the bottling line.
In 2002 the ORVW partnered with Buffalo Trace, freeing up Julian and Preston to focus on sales and marketing. Preston assumed the role of marketing manager and has worked since to manage and market the brands.