After the heartbreaking loss of our Labs, Payton & Riley, we swore we’d never get another dog…but then a twist of fate landed us the opportunity to welcome a Golden Retriever puppy into our family in the Summer of 2019, and we said yes!
Octavio (“Tabio” to us) has been with us the longest – since 2010. When he’s not taking apart and rebuilding the bottling line, hunting gophers, or filling barrels, he’s playing soccer with his friends and chasing his 3 beautiful children around.
Rigoberto brings a broad range of skills to our team: Rigo can drive a tractor, unclog a storm drain, maintain our estate vineyard – and his big smile and infectious laugh endeared him to us immediately. He is the proud dad to two darling children.
Self-proclaimed “Cork Dork” Andrew has done it all. Falling into a harvest position in 2014, he knew he wanted to do anything and everything in the wine industry. After his first harvest, he went on to run a wine program at a prestigious steakhouse at the age of 22. Still having the winemaking itch, he returned to Napa to learn and work under some of the most renowned winemakers before landing at Fontanella. Using his brains (as well as his brawn), he keeps things moving in the cellar and lab.
While studying art in Santa Cruz, Rachel took a part-time tasting room job at a local winery just to make a few extra bucks and never looked back! Fast forward a couple years, she picked up and moved to Napa to pursue a career in wine. Starting as hospitality at Fontanella, Rachel now runs the back of show and bosses everyone around (just kidding). She’s our Queen of all Trades in the office – you got the questions, she’s got the answers. When she’s not taking care of our work family, she is taking care of new baby Elliott (born in October 2020) and kitties McCovey and Daphne.
Tasting Room Manager
Ryan joins Fontanella with more than 18 years’ experience in a variety of roles in the wine industry. From managing Hospitality and Direct to Consumer sales, assisting with harvest and winemaking activities, and even driving tractors and forklifts, his experience is well-rounded. Ryan is a Napa native, having grown up just down the road from Fontanella and began his appreciation of wine at a young age (responsibly, of course). Ryan holds a Certified Specialist of Wine credential and is fascinated by the history of the Napa Valley and winemaking. Ryan is a proud girl-dad with daughters Hannah and Lillian.