In 1975, José arrived in the town of Sonoma looking for vineyard work. Soon after, he learned Bob Sessions up at Hanzell might be looking for help, so he set out walking up the hill. It was that day he knocked on the office door, met Bob and then continued on to work alongside him for over three decades. Now, over forty years later José, our Vineyard Manager, has acquired and shared a deep understanding and connection to this piece of land. José’s commitment and passion for this place speak of the true American Dream. He not only found work when he walked up the hill to Hanzell, but he found a home. José and his entire family, many of whom are also a part of our team, are an invaluable component to the Hanzell story.