Don & Bettina Bryant
Proprietor & Chairman; President
The founder of Bryant Family Vineyard, entrepreneur Donald L. Bryant, Jr.’s life as a vintner is marked by true passion and a drive for excellence. After acquiring the Pritchard Hill vineyard overlooking Lake Hennessey in the late 1980s and replanting it with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon using modern viticulture practices, the first vintage was released in 1992. Bryant’s prevailing goal is to celebrate the vineyard terroir while paying homage to the great wine making traditions of Bordeaux.
Bettina Bryant was named Vice President of the winery in 2009 and President in 2014. A film producer, art curator and former American Ballet Theatre dancer, she has worked closely with the team to develop their new wine BETTINA, a proprietary blend hailing from three grand cru vineyards of David Abreu.
Michel Rolland has been a valued member of The Bryant Family Vineyard team for over 10 years. Considered the most esteemed wine consultant in the world, Rolland provides a wealth of experience, outside perspective and expert palate. His exceptional talent in the blending process has solidified the Bryant Family Vineyard signature style.
David Abreu is a third generation native of Napa Valley with an interest in farming dating back to his youth. He founded David Abreu Vineyard Management in 1980, and has since built a reputation for meticulous vineyard care with the sole aim of making the best wine possible from any given site. With over 12 years in our vineyard, David and his team have an intimate knowledge of the vineyard and farm it to perfection. David’s knowledge, standard of excellence, and superb palate make him a tremendous asset to the Bryant Family Vineyard team.
Kathryn “KK” Carothers
“KK” joined Bryant Family Vineyard as a harvest intern in 2012. Her dedication and talent were immediately recognized and led to a permanent position on the Bryant team as our Enologist. She became interested in wine when her Horticulture Professor at Cornell suggested she take his Introduction to Viticulture and Enology course, which inspired her to pursue a career in winemaking. K.K. has worked a number of harvests with various wineries in New York, Napa Valley, France and Australia.
A Napa Valley native, Joe Welch joined the Bryant team in 2011 after a career in construction. Joe assists the team with harvest and cellar duties, and has been particularly indispensable with his mechanical and facility maintenance skills. Joe is an avid classic car collector and can be seen around town in his pink and white 1955 Studebaker.