Chris studied at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and graduated with a B.S. in Agribusiness Management. After studying alternative farming methods and growing organic vegetables for a number of years in Sonoma County, Chris joined Sonoma Grapevines in the production department. He eventually moved into sales while completing his AS in Viticulture from the highly respected SRJC, a hands-on education that helped hone Chris’ talents at vineyard best practices and management. In 1999, Chris joined Lloyd Vineyard Management in Healdsburg, California. Chris and his friend Doug grew LVM until 2006 when Chris bought half of LVM and started Bowland Vineyard Management. Now out on his own, Chris focused primarily on Russian River and Bennett Valley AVA’s. BVM farmed over 500 acres of ultra-premium wine grapes in these regions and is now part of Atlas Vineyard Management. Chris is passionate about grape growing in Sonoma County and farming in a sustainable manner. If you can’t find him in the vineyard, he will likely be in his garden or flyfishing on the Russian River.