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Our Team

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RAUL CHAVEZ

VINEYARD MANAGER

Rooted in a rich agricultural upbringing centered around apples and cherries, Raul Chavez, our dedicated Vineyard Manager, has seamlessly translated his passion for farming into the world of grapes. Originally on a business trajectory at Central Washington University, Raul found his true calling in the fields, accumulating 15 years of expertise overseeing apple orchards at Evans Fruit and a decade tending to 360 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon at Sport Fisher. In April 2023, Raul brought his wealth of experience to Aquilini Vineyards, contributing a seasoned perspective to our dynamic team.

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JOSE MADRIGAL

VITICULTURIST

Hailing from Mattawa, WA, Jose Madrigal's journey into grape farming commenced under the mentorship of his father, an esteemed Vineyard Manager overseeing a sprawling 450-acre vineyard. With a bachelor’s degree in Viticulture & Enology earned in 2021, Jose quickly rose to the role of Head Viticulture Technician at Sagemoor Vineyards in the Columbia Valley. His expertise continued to evolve during his tenure as the Assistant Vineyard Manager at Hattrup Farms in the Yakima Valley. Now, as an integral part of the Aquilini Vineyard Team, Jose is dedicated to crafting top-tier grapes and fostering collaborative partnerships.

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JEN LEYDEN

PROJECT COORDINATOR, VINEYARDS & BEVERAGE GROUP

Born and raised in White Rock, BC, Jen Leyden's passion for the wine industry blossomed during her two transformative years living in the Okanagan Valley. Jen attended the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Graphic Design and Marketing, joining Aquilini Vineyards in January 2023 where she works with both the vineyards team and Aquilini Beverage Group. As a dedicated project coordinator at Aquilini Vineyards, Jen focuses on vineyard projects and initiatives. Her commitment to enhancing relationships with grape and bulk wine customers reflects her dedication to fostering collaborative partnerships within the industry.

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LAURIE PETERSON

VP, VINEYARD OPERATIONS

Laurie Peterson brings over two decades of strategic leadership and operational expertise to her role as VP of Operations Aquilini Vineyards. With a background rooted in guiding teams to operational success, Laurie joined Aquilini in 2020 and has since overseen the vineyard operations with a focus on optimizing grape production and quality. Laurie's commitment to vineyard excellence is evident in her hands-on approach to managing day-to-day operations and implementing strategic initiatives. She collaborates closely with the vineyard team to enhance operational efficiency and foster a culture of continuous improvement. Laurie's leadership extends to building strong relationships with grape growers and stakeholders, ensuring alignment with Aquilini's vision for sustainable viticulture practices. Prior to her role in vineyards, Laurie held pivotal positions at Shell Oil, where she honed her skills in operational management and strategic planning. Laurie holds an MBA with a concentration in Marketing from California Lutheran University.

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