Santa Maria, CA
Chris feels privileged to lead the teams of Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills Vineyards, two of California’s most iconic wine-growing estates. Wine and Spirits’ Magazine 2008 Grower of Year, Chris is thrilled to work with some world-renowned winemakers. Though one of his greatest satisfaction is his long standing relationships with his viticultural veteran staff, grateful to work with them side-by-side, sometimes guiding them, and learing from them often!
Raised in Arroyo Grande, earing a degree in Agribusiness from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo Chris worked at Cambria Winery in Santa Maria and David Bruce Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains prior to leading the team at Bien Nacido. Chris, his wife Dayna and their four children: Garrison, Weston, Payton, and Owen, call the Bien Nacido Estate, home. Chris is a musician, in 2012 achieved Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Masters World Champion, loves great food, and is fond of well-read audiobooks.Return to Producers Listing »