MEET OUR PEOPLE
R-N-R Vineyard Management / Operations Supervisor & Grower
HOW LONG HAVE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY BEEN FARMING WINEGRAPES?
My family has been farming for three generations now. I have been farming with my family since returning home from college four years ago.
HOW MANY ACRES OF WINEGRAPES DO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FARM AND WHICH VARIETIES DO YOU GROW?
We farm around 1,600 acres which includes more than 15 varieties.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU’D LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT LODI?
Lodi growers and winemakers are passionate about their business and the people who support it. From vineyard to winery, a lot of hard work goes into every bottle of Lodi wine.
FARMING IN LODI IS…
A generational affair.
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT ASPECT OF FARMING WINEGRAPES?
In recent years: smoke exposure and market conditions.
WHO HAS BEEN THE MOST INFLUENTIAL MENTOR IN YOUR CAREER? WHY?
My dad, Russell Machado. His hard work, dedication, and passion toward producing the highest quality fruit is inspiring. He always tries to represent the region in the best light.
WHAT CHORE DO YOU ABSOLUTELY HATE DOING?
Mowing the lawn.
FORD, CHEVY, OR DODGE?