A third-generation grapegrower, Rich learned the art of farming on the family ranch from his father and grandfather. He completed his degree in viticulture from Fresno State University in 1987. He worked multiple positions in the wine industry, including stints at Mumm Napa Valley, S. Anderson Winery, Jaeger Vineyards and California Grapevine Nursery.
He continued to help farm the family vineyards and expanded the family's grape growing business to include winemaking. The inaugural vintage of Salvestrin Cabernet Sauvignon was in 1994, and in 2001 the estate winery was constructed among the family vines.
Country born: United States
Education: Fresno State University - 1987 (Major - Viticulture)
Years in the wine industry: 30+ years
Honors / Awards:
Napa County Farm Bureau Outstanding Agriculturist of the Year - 2014
Rich believes in making wines that tell part of the story of the grape growing lifestyle in the Napa Valley, and wines that are enjoyable expressions of what we do on a daily basis. It's all about balance: balance in our lives, in ourselves and in our wines. He strives to make wines that we can enjoy and that will go well with food.