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David Abreu, Kenzo Estate viticulturist, holds a glass of wine

A third-generation rancher raised in Napa Valley, David Abreu graduated from the Viticulture and Enology Program at UC Davis and founded Abreu Vineyard Management in 1980. While overseeing vineyard operations at Inglenook Winery, Abreu frequently traveled to Bordeaux where he observed French winemaking and vineyard techniques. His popularity grew as wineries recognized his talents and hired him to plant and manage their vineyards. By the late 1990’s, he was considered one of the premier viticulturists in Napa Valley, growing grapes for wineries such as Screaming Eagle, Staglin Family Vineyard, Colgin Cellars, Harlan Estate, Bryant Family Vineyard, Araujo Estate Wines and Grace Family Vineyards, among others. 

Upon joining Kenzo Estate in 2002, David made a stark departure from the northern Napa Valley vineyards he typically managed, where the climate is considerably warmer. He recognized the potential of Kenzo Estate’s elevation and proximity to the San Pablo Bay and was confident that the location would yield grapes of extraordinary quality and a uniquely refined style within Napa Valley. David’s ongoing precision farming and long-range vision is evidenced in Kenzo Estate’s consistently outstanding grape harvests.