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Neil Bernardi - Vice President, Winemaking
August 29, 2015 | Neil Bernardi - Vice President, Winemaking

Efrain Cardona – Cellar Master Extraordinaire

One of the best parts of working for Duckhorn Wine Company is the incredible team. There are so many great folks working with such diligence and care, making sure that every bottle of wine we make is the best it can be. One such stellar individual is Efrain Cardona, our Cellarmaster at Waterfowl Winery, where we make most of our Decoy wines. Efrain exudes positivity, and is a pleasure to spend time with. In addition, he cares deeply about wine quality, and is constantly looking for ways we can improve our wines. He has worked in the wine industry for 23 years, spending most of his career at Kunde. He started in the field, working for 3 years in the vineyard, and then moved up the ladder in the cellar, taking positions in every aspect of the winemaking process, from the bottling line, QC team, lab, and as a winetracker and cellarmaster. Efrain manages our cellar team at Waterfowl, which takes a whole lot of patience, organization, and attention to detail. Efrain is also quite the renaissance man, and is an avid gardener, home winemaker, and bee keeper. Efrain is also a carnitas master, much to the team’s collective delight.

Efrain - Cellar Master


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