Winemaker, AvinoDos Wines
Dan Dexter grew up amid 400 acres of grain fields farmed by four generations of Dexters in Toulon, Ill.
Dan grew up in a family where farming isn't just a career, but a way of life. A family that values hard work and doing what's right - values that Dan still carries today. Growing up on a farm also planted the seeds for Dan to one day "be his own boss."
While working for a biotech company, Dan met Lorin Brambila. The two men became fast friends, finding common ground over their shared agricultural background, their mutual interest in wine and their entrepreneurial drive.
Lorin, who was involved in winemaking through his father, Gustavo, eventually invited Dan to help with a grape harvest. That first experience felt invitingly familiar to Dan, and it reignited his connection to agriculture. As the friendship grew, Dan and Lorin began sharing a vision of producing wine, and AvinoDos was born.
Country born: United States
Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years