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José Ramos Esquivel

Director of Vineyard Operations



Hanzell Jose Ramos Sonoma

In 1975, José Ramos Esquivel walked up the Mayacamas hillside to Hanzell Vineyards in search of work. Now over 35 years later José, Director of Vineyard Operations, has acquired and shared a deep understanding of the conditions specific to this piece of land. This has allowed him to see the relationship of vine and earth played out slowly over many vintages and several decades. José’s commitment and passion for this property speaks of the true American Dream. He not only found work when he walked up to Hanzell but he found a home. José and his family are an invaluable component to the Hanzell story.