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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
  • Kalya König
  • Moira König
  • Michèle König-Nef
  • Nino Nüesch
  • Hans Nef (1944-2019)
  • Nicole Nüesch-Nef
  • 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


  • Sarah Dotts

    Sarah Dotts

    Assistant Winemaker

  • Carter Collins, Director of Vineyards

    Carter Collins

    Director of Vineyards

  • Steve Lister

    Steve Lister

    Director of Sales

  • Katie Sullivan

    Katie Sullivan

    Chief Financial Officer

  • Alyssa Krichevsky

    Alyssa Krichevsky

    Director of Marketing

  • Lauren Vieira

    Lauren Vieira, CSW

    Director of Direct-to-Consumer Programs

  • Randy Withers

    Randy Withers

    Lead Sommelier

  • Susana Garcia in front of a wall

    Susana Garcia

    Wine Club Manager

  • Joshua Jones headshot

    Joshua Jones

    Winery Chef

  • Grace Gabbard

    Grace Gabbard

    Tasting Room Manager

  • Paul Leatherman

    Paul Leatherman

    Amphitheatre General Manager

  • Brenda Garcia

    Brenda Garcia

    Human Resources Manager

HC Team

Hospitality Team

Tricia McCandless, Executive Assistant

Ahnika Fagundes, Hospitality Center Server

Randy Withers, Lead Sommelier

Susan McClain, Hospitality Center Server

Joshua Jones, Winery Chef

Lianne Dutton, Hospitality Center Server

Sophia Nunno, Wine Club Assistant

Lauren Vieira, CSW, Director of Direct-to-Consumer Programs

Kevin Bush, Hospitality Center Server

Grace Gabbard, Tasting Room Manager

Lauren Larsen, Hospitality Center Server

Wholesale Team

Wholesale Team

Luke Fuller, Midwest Regional Sales Manager

Robin Zazueta, Wholesale Sales Assistant

Steve Greenwood, Northeast Regional Sales Manager

Wayne Cheeseman, Southeast Regional Sales Manager

Mark Plasch, Southwest Regional Sales Manager

Steve Lister, Director of Sales

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

Admin Team

Admin Team

Carla Moreno, Production Analyst

Tricia McCandless, Executive Assistant

Brenda Garcia, Human Resources Manager

Carrie King, Accounting Manager

Katie Sullivan, Chief Financial Officer

Amphitheatre Team

Amphitheatre Team

Mark Castle, Facilities & Maintenance Tech

Nicole King, Sponsorship & Premium Seat Sales

Paul Leatherman, General Manager

Barbara Bolton, Office Manager & Staff Coordinator

Nathan Taylor, Facilities & Maintenance Tech

Explore Vina Robles

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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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.