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 beginning of a deep, life-long friendship and partnership.
Juan has been at the heart of everything that has happened at the farm. Along the way, he has become a simply exceptional farmer, with intimate tree-by-tree and vine-by-vine knowledge of the land and what grows on it.
He has embraced both the concepts and the practices of Biodynamic farming, and is an exceptional steward to the land on both farms as well as the other properties for which we are responsible. He and his team are as good as it gets.
He is also as nice and kind a human being as you could ever want to know.