Drawing on nearly 30 years in the wine industry, California native, Kevin Vecchiarelli believes that extraordinary wines capture the vineyard site and its unique characteristics. Identifying particular attributes that require each vineyard site to be farmed differently, tailored to express the perfect balance of canopy and yield with just the right amount of stress. His inspiration to further express terroir winemaking utilizes his analytical eye and artistry of blending to quench his passion for creating that perfect wine.
While pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Kevin was recognized by Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars for his groundbreaking research for isolating umami compounds found in wine. That deep dive into the chemical makeup of wine led him to the Napa Valley in 2000 to begin his career at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, followed by 17 years at Grgich Hills Estate as the Assistant Winemaker. Determined to craft wines that were precise and focused, Kevin was hired as Associate Winemaker for CIRQ/Browne Family Wines, yet soon after was given the opportunity of Winemaker and General Manager at Diamond Mountain Vineyard. Given alot of freedom by our owners, Kevin is able to produce wines that truly express the terroir at the peak of Diamond Mountain.
Jason has been involved in management and investment consulting in Shanghai for the past 20 years. He has had the privilege of working for Mr. You as a consultant since 2005 which involved analysis and planning for several of his investment projects. In 2014, Mr. You entrusted Jason to assist him in his journey of finding the perfect vineyard for his daughter. After making the decision to purchase Diamond Mountain Vineyard in 2016, Jason’s passion for wine evolved and he knew he wanted to change his career path to be part of this project. Jason moved to the Napa Valley with his family to become the Executive Director as well as providing financial and administrative work for the estate. Jason’s compassionate and welcoming personality makes him the perfect representative for the family.
As Director of Hospitality & Sales, Amber’s warm personality and knowledge of wine is the perfect link between our Diamond Collectors and Diamond Mountain Vineyard wines. Born and raised in South Dakota, graduating with a M.S. in Chemistry and after years of experience working in restaurants, she knew the Napa Valley was the perfect place to combine her passion for science and hospitality. She began her career working behind the scenes in the cellar and lab, but her love of people drew her to sales and convinced her to become a certified sommelier. In 2015, Amber moved to France to continue her career and immerse herself in wine. After three years of enjoying the French culture, the opportunity to develop the hospitality program at Diamond Mountain Vineyard was one that she couldn’t turn down. Her Midwest charm, international flair and attention to detail curates a luxury experience that makes all our guests feel at home when they visit our estate.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Heidi’s love of food and wine started at a young age growing up alongside her father who was a chef. She’s been in the hospitality and customer service industry for over 20 years and is WSET Level 3 certified. Her diverse background ranges from restaurants, shipping management and compliance to wine club management, but it was her passion to take customer service to the next level that made her the perfect addition to the Diamond Mountain Vineyard team. Developing all DTC operations, her knowledge and experience will ensure Diamond Mountain Vineyard wines get from our estate to our collector’s tables to enjoy.
With his passion for farming beginning 15 years ago, outdoors and in the vineyards is where Rudy knew he wanted to develop his career. His varied experience from managing multiple crews, knowledge of all vineyard operations large to small, operating heavy equipment and managing ranches brings a diversity of knowledge to Diamond Mountain Vineyard that is needed to oversee the estate of 47-acres planted. Since starting at the estate in 2019 as Vineyard Manager, Rudy strives to push our vineyards to be healthier and produce outstanding fruit every vintage.
Mario has been a part of Diamond Mountain Vineyard since the inaugural vintage in 1995. Starting as the groundskeeper, he was able to learn all the aspects of the vineyard and cellar over the past 25 years and is now proudly our Cellar Master. His experience and knowledge of the estate is irreplaceable. His enthusiasm combined with his willingness to help makes him a joy to be around. Mario lives on the property with his family and takes pride in the estate as if it were his own.
Beginning in 1998, what started as a job in the vineyard turned into a passion that Antonio never imagined. His knowledge and experience promoted him from crew leader to vineyard supervisor of 300 acres across five ranches. In 2017, Antonio decided to make a change to pursue more opportunities. Intrigued by the unique diversity of our vineyards, Antonio was ready to take on the position as Vineyard Foreman at Diamond Mountain Vineyard. Combining his vineyard expertise with work in the cellar allows him the opportunity to be part of the product from beginning to end. He feels lucky to work beside such a knowledgeable and experienced team who all carry the same goal of handling every process with importance, delicacy and aim to produce the best wines in the region.
Starting at the estate in 2019, Ruben’s precision and passion is clear once you enter the gates of our 85 acres estate. The freedom he is given allows him to take the land and elevate it to something even more beautiful. He is inspired by the mountain views and all the nature surrounding him. The serenity and peace of working outdoors gives him the opportunity to create a mesmerizing landscape for all our collectors to enjoy when they visit the estate. Ruben insists on staying a one man show so every tree, plant and blade of grass is manicured by him to perfection.