Ned Hill



I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to grow up in the Sonoma Valley and be a part of the local wine industry for my entire life. My parents moved here when I was 3 years old, when Dad was hired to develop what turned into the world-famous Durell ranch. I was on Dad's heels from the start, tromping around the fields and learning to drive trucks, tractors and ATV's at a very young age. It was all that a youngster could ask for.

After graduating from Cal Poly, SLO (just like Mom, Dad and my younger sister!) I came home and worked at Durell Vineyards with Dad, honing my farming skills.

Through the years I was president for 3 years of the local Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance, was named the Sonoma County "Outstanding Young Farmer" in 2005, and was a member of Class 34 of the prestigious California Ag Leadership Program.

In 2008 my wife Erika and I made a big jump and started our own business, La Prenda Vineyards Management, which has grown to farm hundreds of acres of local vineyards, including Mom & Dad's.

Erika is Sonoma-grown too, and we are proud parents of sons Porter and Nolan and little girl Elise.

Nothing makes me happier than seeing our kids enjoying the same type of childhood that I did, joining me in the vineyards, learning about equipment, getting a little (or a lot!) of dirt under their nails.

It's the connection to the land that makes us tick, and that led Matt and I to get started in the wine business. We desired to "close the circle" and take the grapes that we nurture throughout the year all the way to the end consumer. What you enjoy in the bottle comes straight from our farmed fields. We hope that you enjoy what is literally the fruits of our labor.

Thanks for your support!

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