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Porfirio ("Pilo") Villanueva Sanchez

Porfirio Villanueva SanchezBorn in San Marcos, Oaxaca, Mexico, Pilo is one of ten children in a family of four boys and six girls. Somewhat like the recent years at Long Meadow Ranch, the economy in Pilo's hometown is dominated by construction and agriculture (corn, chile peppers, onions, garlic,and tomatoes).

Coming to the Napa Valley in 1989 with two of his brothers, Pilo joined Dalla Valle Vineyards with the help of a friend who also worked there. Pilo originally worked as the gardener, tending the rose garden, maintaining the landscape, and cleaning the pool.

He moved into a vineyard position first doing general vineyard work and harvesting and later undertaking the skilled tasks of pruning, vine training, and thinning. He continued his development by working in the estate's winery where he was involved in crushing, pressing, racking, and topping.

While occasionally doing extra work at Frog's Leap where older brother Gilberto is the crew leader, Pilo caught our eye through his skilled work, strong work ethic, and intense desire to learn. Pilo's roots in agricultural Oaxaca and his diverse work experience in the Napa Valley made him ideally suited to the diversified agriculture we practice at Long Meadow Ranch.

Just 26-years old when he joined in 1998, we felt that Pilo was ready to "have his own ranch" and be a crew leader. Today Pilo is the respected leader of our vineyard and orchard crew where his skill and attention to detail are major contributors to the quality of our grapes and olives.

When he is not working, Pilo enjoys playing soccer. With Pilo as a key part of the defense, his team plays every Sunday and practice is held two to three times a week. Pilo and his wife, Lilianna, have a young son and they live near a sister and brother and their large extended family in the city of Napa.