OUR TEAM

DOUG HILL

PROPRIETOR

Growing up in Healdsburg on the family farm instilled Doug with a good work ethic, reverence for nature and a spirit of optimism. After earning a degree in Plant Sciences at Cal State Fresno and traveling extensively in Latin America, Doug returned home to Sonoma County in 1978 to learn the art of vineyard management while employed by Sonoma-Cutrer. After settling in Yountville, Doug managed the extensive holdings of the Jaeger family before starting Oak Knoll Farming. His long tenure in Napa has familiarized him with the Valley’s microclimates and soils, enabling him to pioneer new varieties and growing regions; Doug planted the first vineyards in American Canyon and brought the first Albariño to Napa Valley. As a third generation California farmer, Doug is experienced in finding practical solutions to the challenges that arise in vineyard development projects, and strives to utilize environmentally conscious land management practices. He has guided Hill Family Estate to become one of the leading Yountville wineries.

RYAN HILL

PROPRIETOR

Ryan Hill is the Vice President and Director of Sales for Hill Family Estate. He attended local schools before graduating from Sonoma State University with a degree in Wine Business Strategies. He is very active in the Napa community and currently belongs to Native Sons, Yountville Kiwanis, Yountville Chamber of Commerce and the Next Generation groups. Prior to becoming involved with Hill Family Estate, Hill worked in the hospitality business as a dishwasher, busser, food runner, server and sommelier. Hill has worked at Gordon’s, Bouchon, George’s at The Cove and Nine Ten restaurants. His love for food and wine developed in the restaurant business and has carried through to Hill Family Estate. Ryan resides in Napa with his family, where he continues to grow the business while celebrating his family roots of farming in the Napa Valley.

CARLY HILL

PROPRIETOR

Carly Kanakaris-Hill is a Yountville native, and enjoyed growing up in the Napa Valley. She attended San Diego State University and obtained a bachelors degree in Food and Nutritional Science. She also completed her dietetic internship through the University of Delaware, where she became a Registered Dietitian. Carly currently resides in San Diego with her husband, Alex and two dogs (Duke and Dakota), where she works in Pediatric Sales as a Dietitian and Certified Lactation Educator Counselor. When Carly is not working in Pediatric Sales, she helps with Hill Family Estate wine events in Southern California. When Carly is not advocating lifestyle and policy change, she is traveling internationally for both pleasure and for the family business.

FIRST THERE WERE VINEYARDS

In 1981, Doug and Darci Hill settled down on an acre of land at the northern edge of Yountville. Their children, Ryan and Carly, grew up playing in the vineyards, tending chickens, and played baseball and basketball. They also helped their neighbors grow organic fruits and vegetables for the local restaurants including Thomas Keller’s world renowned French Laundry restaurant.

 

THEN THERE WAS WINE

Hill Family Estate produced their first wines in 2001, a Merlot and a red blend called Origin. Production ranges between 9,000 to 12,000 cases annually. Having a repertoire of 12 different vineyards to draw from they are able to select only the highest quality fruit for their wines.

Today the Hill Family owns 120 acres of vineyards with a focus on Atlas Peak, Carneros and Oak Knoll. They are 100% family-farmed, family-owned and family-operated – producing fruit for both Yountville wineries and their own family business.

FIRST THERE WERE VINEYARDS

In 1981, Doug and Darci Hill settled down on an acre of land at the northern edge of Yountville. Their children, Ryan and Carly, grew up playing in the vineyards, tending chickens, and played baseball and basketball. They also helped their neighbors grow organic fruits and vegetables for the local restaurants including Thomas Keller’s world renowned French Laundry restaurant.

THEN THERE WAS WINE

Hill Family Estate produced their first wines in 2001, a Merlot and a red blend called Origin. Production ranges between 9,000 to 12,000 cases annually. Having a repertoire of 12 different vineyards to draw from they are able to select only the highest quality fruit for their wines.

Today the Hill Family owns 120 acres of vineyards with a focus on Atlas Peak, Carneros and Oak Knoll. They are 100% family-farmed, family-owned and family-operated – producing fruit for both Yountville wineries and their own family business.

ALISON DORAN

WINEMAKER

Ryan Hill always stated that if you want to dream in color, drink wine. This dream soon became a reality for Hill Family Estate when winemaker Alison Doran joined the team and made the inaugural 2001 vintage – officially becoming part of the family of Yountville wineries. Alison was introduced to Doug while he was growing grapes and she was making wine for Lewis Cellars.

Doug loved Alison’s style, personality and determination to produce the finest wines possible. Alison developed this skill while being mentored by renowned wine expert Andre Tchelistcheff, completing a degree in winemaking from UC Davis and spending time in the legendary winery-filled region of Alsace, France. Today, Doug and Alison work closely together selecting the highest quality grapes and producing ultra premium wines.

ALLISON NEGRÓN

DTC MANAGER

Allison is the Direct to Consumer Manager at Hill Family Estate. She grew up in the south Bay Area where she developed an early appreciation for food and wine, spending many long evenings at the dinner table with her Italian family. She worked in restaurants throughout her college years at UC Davis, where her interest in wine flourished. After graduating she moved to Napa to pursue a career in the wine industry. Prior to Hill Family Estate Allison worked for boutique wineries Elizabeth Spencer and Chiarello Family Vineyards with a focus on direct-to-consumer business development, wine club, hospitality and events. Allison lives in Napa with her husband Kristopher and twin boys Gianni and Lorenzo. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking outdoors, cooking and traveling.

MARIANA CALDERON

CREATIVE DESIGN & MARKETING

Born and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica, Mariana spent her childhood exploring some of the worlds most beautiful beaches and rain forests. After graduating with a degree in architecture and design she started her own photography and graphic design company, winning awards and being featured multiple times in Costa Ricas largest newspaper.

She is fluent in four languages (Spanish, French, Italian, English) and passionate about food, wine and traveling, which led her to Napa Valley where she met her husband, David. In addition to working for Hill Family she continues to pursue her dreams as a professional photographer and designer and always seems to have a smile on her face.

CHRISTIE FRIDAY

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Christie Friday is the Director of Operations for Hill Family Estate. She has over 25 years of experience in the wine business, with her first job working on a bottling line during college. Once she graduated from Sonoma State University, she realized the financial aspect of the wine business was where she wanted to be. She currently resides in Napa with her three boys, Joshua, Elijah and Gabriel.

JEFF CHANDLER

WINE EDUCATOR

Jeff Chandler is a long time Napa resident and retired fire captain from the nearby Fairfield Fire Department. He started his relationship with Hill Family Estate as an esteemed member of our wine club who dropped by one day shortly after retiring to pick up some wine and ended up joining our team.

He gained numerous years experience in the hospitality field around the Napa Valley before picking up a fire hose. He and his wife Maria have a small vineyard in their backyard and have made a small amount of their own wine for the past seven years. This is where Jeff has gained hands on experience in wine education that he happily shares with our guests. Jeff has been a part of the Hill Family team for over eight years.

Come meet our team! Make sure to stop by Hill Family Estate as you explore Yountville Wineries!

Visiting Hill Family Estate

Tasting Room Address
6512 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599
707-944-9580 ext. 1
SPRING HOURS OF OPERATION:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Friday - Saturday 11:00am - 6:00pm

Winery Address
6155 Solano Avenue
Napa, CA 94558
707-947-7218
Open 
Thursday - Monday by appointment only
Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays

To reserve a tasting at the winery, please contact us at 707-944-9580 ext. 2 or tastings@hillfamilyestate.com.

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