As a grape grower, I view wine as a collaborative effort between Mother Nature, a Vineyard Manager, and a Winemaker. Each growing season is a new opportunity for us to create something together.
Krishna’s background has uniquely prepared him for his post as Asset Manager. The middle son of an Australian mother and American father, he began his studies in viticulture at Santa Rosa Junior College. His dual citizenship afforded Krishna the opportunity to work harvests in the Barossa Valley to round out his vineyard and winery education along with course work in Business Management at the University of South Australia in Adelaide. Returning stateside, he now has nearly 20 years of vineyard and winery experience.
Krishna spent 12 years with Richard’s Grove and Saralee’s Vineyard as their Operations Manager where he managed 300 acres of vineyard in the Russian River Valley and sold grapes to more than 65 wineries. Rich and Saralee were very active in their commitment to the local community and instilled the importance of relationships, community, and generosity in Krishna. At Paul Hobbs Winery, he refined daily operations and worked closely with the winemaker as their Vineyard Operations Manager. Krishna worked at Francis Ford Coppola Winery as Grower Relations Manager where he was responsible for negotiating and managing grape contracts for more than 200 grape growers, creating farm plans to ensure premium quality and target yields, and scheduling grape deliveries across multiple facilities.
As Capra’s Asset Manager, Krishna melds all of his previous experience to work on capital improvements, collaborate with Scott on vineyard redevelopment projects, expand our reach throughout the community, and build on connecting with our winery partners. His upbringing and professional track exposed him to the love of mixing philanthropy with solid business acumen. Perfect for our environment! In 2017, he was recognized by the Sonoma County Harvest Fair as the “Outstanding Young Person in Agribusiness” for contributions to the preservation, sustainability, and enhancement of farming. In 2018, Krishna was selected by the North Bay Business Journal as part of their “Top Forty under 40” annual list.
He lives with his wife and two young children in Western Sonoma County. When he’s not walking in the vineyards or chauffeuring his kids to their activities, Krishna can be found kayaking in the Russian River.