Ivan moved to VPS in early 2018 after several years as a vineyard manager in Napa and Sonoma. A native of Napa, Ivan was the first of his extended family to attend and receive a college degree, matriculating from Cal Poly SLO with a BS in Viticulture in 2012. Ivan is a Licensed PCA, with extensive experience managing organically certified ranches. Having grown up in the wine industry due to his father's almost 40-year career in vineyard management, Ivan's first full-time position came the summer after high school as a winery intern at Saintsbury in Napa. Since then Ivan has worked as a winery research assistant at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid and held numerous vineyard management positions at Premier Pacific Vineyards (Santa Rita Hills) and Clark Vineyard Management (St. Helena). In addition to vineyard management oversight of several prominent winery estate properties, Ivan balances his passion for winegrowing with the novelty and trials of being a new parent.