James Ontiveros is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Bien Nacido Vineyard, Solomon Hills Vineyard, French Camp Vineyard, the Central Coast Wine Services, and the Paso Robles Wine Services. James brings a background in Vineyard Management on both large and small scale, as well as Grower Relations experience in the Northern and Central Coast.
James is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo with a double major in Fruit Science and Crop Science, and a graduate of the California Ag Leadership Program, Class XXXI.
A native of the Santa Maria Valley, James is a descendant of the pioneering family that once owned the land grant on which Bien Nacido Vineyard is located. Before joining the Miller Family operation in November of 2001, he was the Southern Sonoma Manager of Vineyard Operations for Gallo of Sonoma, in the Russian River and Sonoma Coast appellations.
During his free time, James is active in many facets of the agricultural industry and in the local community. According to James, "I couldn't have dreamed up a better fit in an organization - our goals, philosophies, and an amazing history of two old California families have brought me back to my roots in more ways than one. I couldn't be in a better situation!"