Barbara Fitzgerald DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP & MARKETING Barbara Fitzgerald grew up in one of the oldest wine families in the region (the Pellegrini clan), so she's deeply steeped in the industry. We've known her for years because she's married to our consulting...

Brian Wortmann

Brian Wortmann ASSISTANT MANAGER Brian got his first exposure to wine when he was 11 or 12, traveling in France and Italy with his grandfather. “On that trip, I learned how to approve a bottle at dinner by swirling, sniffing, and tasting. The Italians got a huge kick...

Tracey Welch

Tracey Welch FINANCE DIRECTOR Tracey is the centerpoint of our long-term goal of making DaVero Farms & Winery sustainable economically, as well as agriculturally and environmentally. She’s a relatively recent transplant to the wine country, but has a long...

Rea Prince

Rea Prince WINEGROWER The longer we’re at this, the more convinced we are that things really do happen for a reason. For proof, one need look no farther than Rea Prince. Here’s Rea in a nutshell: he ran the front of the house for the top chef in Tel Aviv; fell in love...

Andrew Hock

Andrew Hock DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS Andrew’s enthusiasm for DaVero would make you think that he’s been here from the beginning. But in fact he started his career in the restaurant industry, where he quickly rose to general management positions every place he worked....

Michael Presley

Michael Presley SOILKEEPER Michael Presley is our Soilkeeper, a role that is utterly pivotal in the health and success of our farm, and a task he took to like a duck to water. And he loves teaching, so if you see him (he’s often at the winery property), ask him about...

Evan LaNouette

Evan LaNouette WINEMAKER & CELLARMASTER Evan’s presence at DaVero stands as testament to the power of Serendipity. He was born close by, in Santa Rosa, but grew up outside Columbus, Ohio from the age of 11. He always had a deep interest in winegrowing and...

Juan Valladares

Juan Valladares EL TORO DE LA MONTAÑA Juan Valladares was working part-time on the farm the day in 1982 when Ridge first saw it. Juan’s English was little better than Ridge’s Spanish, so they just shook hands and said hello. Little did they know that that was the...

Ridgely Evers & Colleen McGlynn

Ridgely Evers & Colleen McGlynn OWNERS Ridge bought the land in 1982, but it really came into its own when Colleen came on the scene in 1993. Colleen grew up on a family farm in rural Wisconsin, so her love for the land and farming is deeply ingrained. Her parents...