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Hans Neff and R. Michel

Our Team

The Family

Vina Robles was founded in 1997 by Swiss entrepreneur and visionary, Hans Nef and his longtime friend and business partner, Hans-R Michel. With Mr. Nef’s passing in 2019, Vina Robles is moving to second-generation ownership with Mr. Nef’s two daughters: Michèle König-Nef and Nicole Nüesch-Nef, at the helm. Family-owned, Vina Robles is built upon core values of sustainability, hospitality, and quality.

Nef Family Vina Robles

Nef Family

  • Thomas König
  • Moira König
  • Michèle König-Nef
  • Kalya König
  • Nicole Nüesch-Nef
  • Nino Nüesch
  • Jürg Nüesch-Nef
Michel family swiss days

Michel Family

  • Hans-R. Michel
  • Linda Anderson
  • Simone Michel
  • Annina Michel

Meet the Team

  • Kurt Ammann

    Kurt Ammann


  • Kevin Willenborg, Winemaker

    Kevin Willenborg


  • Carter Collins, Director of Vineyards

    Carter Collins

    Director of Vineyards

  • Steve Lister

    Steve Lister

    Director of Sales

  • Katie Sullivan

    Katie Sullivan

    Chief Financial Officer

  • Grace Gabbard

    Grace Gabbard

    Wine Club Manager

  • Paul Leatherman

    Paul Leatherman

    Amphitheatre General Manager

Winemaking Team

Production Team

Lalo Escalante, Cellar Master

Chris Martines, Warehouse & Maintenance Coordinator

Sarah Dotts, Assistant Winemaker

Kevin Willenborg, Winemaker

Maria "Concha" Rendon, Cellar Technician

Carolina Espinosa, Cellar Technician

Manuel Morfin, Cellar Technician

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The Jardine Court water fountain, two large stone bowls stacked over a round pool

Vina Robles’ Story

Vina Robles is the result of a unique personal trajectory, one that led founder Hans Nef from a rural village outside Zurich, Switzerland to the rugged terrain of California's Central Coast

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Looking down the rows of vines rolling over hills at Huerhuero Vineyard

Our Vineyards

The Vina Robles vineyard team takes care of our vineyards, while Winemaker Kevin Willenborg selects only the finest blocks from each site for the production of VinaRobles wines.

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Kevin Willenborg checking over grape bunches just picked

The Craft of Winemaking

While honoring traditional winemaking methods, veteran winemaker Kevin Willenborg implements modern technologies to make our estate wines with minimal intervention.

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Eight Vina Robles wine bottles lined up on a table

Discover Our Wines

Our sustainably farmed, estate vineyards are showcased in each bottle of wine.