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The North Bay Business Journal

January 15, 2020, Jessica Zimmer

How migrant farm workers created Napa Valley's Llamas Family Wines, an inspiration for entrepreneurs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Llamas Family Wines is more than a winery. It's a way for co-founders Oscar and Lola Llamas and Alex Castillo Llamas to stay connected across generations and state borders. The company is comprised of Oscar Llamas, a former migrant field worker; Lola Llamas, Oscar's wife and Alex Castillo Llamas, Oscar's nephew, who also grew up harvesting grapes. Alex is now the company's winemaker. Read more

 

Vinepair.com

Alejandro Castillo Llamas Is Making Napa Cabernet with Famous Grapes Planted by His Family

Words: Emma Cranston; Illustration: Danielle Grinberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long before he settled in the Napa Valley and began producing his family wine, Alejandro Castillo Llamas grew up following the harvest cycle. The California-born son of migrant workers from Guadalajara, Mexico, spent much of his childhood with his family, traveling from California’s Coachella Valley, where he was born, up north to Oregon and back down to Mexico picking cherries, pears, olives, and grapes. It was during this period that Llamas learned a skillset that would later become the core of his work as a winemaker. Read more

 

 

Smithsonianmag.com

L. Stephen Velasquez, October 22, 2019, Three Mexican-American Vintners Tell Their Stories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Llamas, Gustavo Brambila and Amelia Ceja arrived as migrant workers and today thrive as entrepreneurs in the California wine industry. 

The wine-making bug bit Alejandro “Alex” Castillo Llamas early on. His parents, migrant workers from Mexico, had settled in Napa, California, finding work in a vineyard, when he was just nine years old. He labored alongside his family, harvesting the grapes from the fields. Later, as a young man in the early 2000s, he worked a year at two of the country’s finest dining restaurants—the three-Michelin-star French Laundry in the Napa Valley and New York City’s Per Se. Back in Napa, he worked in the vineyard, the tasting rooms and cellars at several wineries. Read more

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The Napa Wine Project

Llamas Family Wines is a partnership between winemaker Alejandro (Alex) Llamas and his Aunt and Uncle, Lola and Oscar Llamas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their first vintage was 2009, a mere 45 cases  of Syrah. The family is passionate about wine and vineyards, but it was not wine that we initially spoke about when we first met. Rather it was farming and culture and the history of how their family came to the Napa Valley. Read more

 

BELatina

October 5, 2021. The Empowering Story of Las Amigas Cuvée, the First Latina-Owned Sparkling Wine in the Napa Valley

 

 

 

 

The story of Las Amigas Cuvée, also known as Las del Vino, is both unique and typical. It is a collaboration of two Latina friends who decided to join forces and create the first Latina-owned sparkling wine in the Napa Valley. It is typical because, as usual, they are two empowered Latinas, entrepreneurial and ready to change the rules of the game.

 

During the COVID pandemic, Miriam Puentes of Honrama Cellars and Lola Llamas of Llamas Family wines, who have been friends for many years, began spending more time together. The uncertainty of the public health crisis led them to question the future of their family businesses and look for a way to start a new chapter with the resilience inherent to Latina

entrepreneurs. Read more

 

 

Introducing the Llamas Family Wines' Scorpion Logo

Oscar and Lola on YouTube: On the road to the AltaMed Food & Wine Festival

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