Developer of Possibilities
From the moment Gary discovered the land we now call Campovida, it was love at first sight. With anything you fall in love with, it takes passion, commitment, sweat and tears. Gary breathes life into all the spaces whether in the fields or barns in Hopland or the rustic building in Oakland. With his background in real estate, he truly a developer of possibilities.
Gary has always been most alive outside amongst the sounds of nature, in the sunshine, rain, wind and mud. He loves it best when he comes home exhausted from an honest days work. He is always exploring new frontiers like winemaking in Mendocino County and the reclaiming of Oakland and the village of Hopland.
Gary has "retired" from Ironman triathlons, his new triathlons involve planting trees, creating plant starters, restoring old barns and wandering the fields. If he was a wine, it would be our estate Sangieovese - both for its heritage and for its full bodied richness.
Anna's mom always said, "The best gift you can give is a smile." She tries to follow that advice in life.
You will most likely find Anna in the garden, the Taste of Place, at the Piazza, in the barn, in Oakland, in the office, in the chicken coup - anywhere her teammates need her, she will be there. Otherwise, she is trying to keep up with her husband, partner and best friend, Gary, their two daughters and their loyal companion Buster. Her role at Campovida has been to tend to the gardens of life - all things involving our guests and members.
Anna loves photography, weeding, collecting chicken eggs and most simple things in life. She is an Executive Coach and co-founder of the DO Lectures USA. If she was a wine, it would be our Rosé di Grenache - intentionally picked early that is both dry and light - a welcoming wine.
A maverick and a maker, he had us at "hello." Passionate about making wines of Mendocino County, Sebastian brings both the art and science to perfect the beauty in the bottle.
Born in Santiago, Chile, he made his way to the United States and became a student of life and winemaking. He has worked along side many great winemakers and when he joined Campovida, he was poised to create his own path of passion in making world class wines. He shares his passion and knowledge with generosity in every interaction.
Sebastian loves to be with his family, Sara, Mila and their dog Honey. He can tell you about the stars and make you laugh. If he was a wine, it would be our Arneis - a rare varietal, flavorful yet subtle - truly special with a sense of place.
Deborah joined us here in Hopland after a few interviews on skype. She packed up her bags and moved to California. We love her courage, her passion and her commitment to doing good in the world. She is kind, generous, thoughtful and energetic. She is a perfect person to help with all the special gatherings here at Campovida.
You will find Deborah easily because of her big smile and hearty laugh. We are honored to share our home with her and for her to fill our hearts. If she was a wine, she would be the Innamorarsi, which means to fall in love' - need I say more?
Amy handles everything in Oakland with enthusiasm and passion. She goes above and beyond in making sure the Campovida experience and details shine through. You may not see her in the Taste of Place often, but she is behind the scenes making us all look great. She is the kind of team member you dream about. She is the kind of leader who naturally takes ownership without asking. She is the kind of human you want as a friend. We are blessed to have Amy as part of our team and family. If Amy was a wine, she would be the Rosé di Grenache - a world class experience and not to be forgotten.
Allen is called our Peaceful Warrior, which also translates to our Ranch Manager in Hopland. He can be found early in the morning, letting the chickens out and late at night, helping guests find their way to their cars. He is handy with a hammer, a tractor and a kind word to make Campovida grow. He has been key in the rebuilding and reclaiming of the buildings, barns and gardens. He has lifted his weight in gold and helped in ways you could not have imagined when you live on a farm. If he was a wine, it would be the Terra Rossa, our Super Tuscan - because he himself is a super hero to us all.
Like his owners, he can be overly friendly and a bit stubborn...and he loves meeting new friends. His favorite activities are napping, swimming and chasing any wildlife in his backyard. He is an optimist and believes in happiness.
If he were a wine, he would be a Nero d'avola - a more rare Italian varietal, dark fruit and well balanced. We cherish every moment with Buster.
Aimée came to us as a summer intern. It was a beautiful sunny day and her disposition was the same. She has been shining ever since. Aimée has a quiet confidence and curiosity that is contagious. She is warm, thoughtful, creative and calm. Over the three summers that she interned, she built her experience of what is possible in the fields at Campovida. She can help create the dreams you are imagining.
We are grateful that Aimée has returned "home" to work with us to help Campovida shine...she will make you want to shine too. If she was a wine, she would be the Cuvée Brut, because they both have a sparklé and shiné to them!