Francisco grew up working in the fields of his family farm in Michoacan, Mexico. He left home at 14, and traveled to Los Angeles, where he spent two years learning English. At 16, he visited friends in Calistoga, and quickly decided to join them there. “The terrain reminded me of my home in Mexico,” he explains. Francisco began working on one of his friend’s vineyard crews, learning the business through the daily vineyard work of pruning and picking, experience that would pay off when he took first prize at the annual pruning competition held in Yountville. At 23, after five years of vineyard experience, he was promoted to foreman. He joined Ehlers Estate in 2001, and now manages the vineyard and physical plant of the winery, and assists Kevin with winemaking operations. Francisco says of his work, “It’s part of me, of my life. I grew up in the field picking tomatoes with my dad. For me, it’s almost the same.” Francisco lives on the estate with his family. He has three sons, the eldest of whom aspires to be a winemaker.
Kevin is a third-generation Napa native. He has spent his entire working life in the Napa Valley hospitality industry, including restaurants, hotels, and the wine business. With this extensive background, Kevin joined the Ehlers Estate team as tasting room manager in March 2015. Knowledgeable and genuine, he creates for our visitors an unforgettable winery tasting experience. When Kevin isn't hosting guests, there is a good chance you can find him on a local golf course with his wife or tossing a ball around with his sons.
Andy comes to Ehlers Estate with more than 12 years of experience in wine sales from the distributor, import, export, and supplier sides of the wine industry. With this extensive background, Andy manages all sales with our distributor partners in the United States as well as our export markets. His passions include wine, travel, brand building, and increasing sales channels while maintaining strong relationships. Andy was born and raised in Oklahoma and now resides in Dallas, Texas, with his wife Hanah and two children, Sam and Sofia. In his spare time, he enjoys the beautiful outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
Brad has been in the wine business since late 1998 after graduating from UC San Diego with a degree in business. He started his wine career at St. Helena Wine Center in the Napa Valley. After many exciting positions in wine sales, Brad started as the California Sales Director at Ehlers Estate in 2009. He manages all aspects of wholesale sales in California including selling wine to restaurants, small retailers, and private clubs. When not at Ehlers Estate or on the road, Brad is busy with his two young sons or drinking something interesting.
100% of the proceeds from the sale of our wines are returned to the esteemed LeDucq Foundation
to support international cardiovascular research.
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