Meet the Carr Winery Team

Ryan Carr

Owner / Winemaker / Grower

Ryan is the owner, winemaker and grower for Carr Vineyards and Winery. He has spent the last 15 years making sure that he and his team produce the best grapes and wine in Santa Barbara County. His daily routine consists of waking up at 5:00am, driving to the Santa Ynez Valley, visiting each vineyard and getting his crews started for the day, then coming back to Santa Barbara to check on the wines and visit with customers.

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Jessica Carr

General Manager / Sales

Jessica is the General Manager and Sales Director for Carr Vineyards & Winery. She began working with her husband, Ryan Carr back in 2005 after leaving the event business. Over the years, she has assisted in growing the winery and the distribution section of the business. You will typically find her at the winery in Santa Barbara or on the road selling wine to the best restaurants in California.

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Briana Kelley

 Tasting Room & Wine Club Manager

Growing up in Santa Barbara, Briana was exposed to the local wine scene from an early age. And after her first wine tasting, she knew this was an industry that she was passionate about and wanted to be part of. Briana now manages our Santa Barbara tasting room and all aspects of our wine clubs.

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Nicole Liddi

Santa Ynez Tasting Room Manager

The Los Angeles native grew up spending summers riding horses in Santa Ynez and knew it’s where she belonged. Nicole has been in the Santa Ynez wine industry since 2000, and Carr Winery scooped her up in 2014 to manage our Santa Ynez tasting room. You can find her at our SY location with her best pal Kai, the red Queensland Heeler that happily greets everyone who comes into the tasting room.

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Jennifer Nielsen

Events Manager

Jennifer was born in Tennessee and her passion for wine led her to Santa Barbara where she landed a job at Carr Winery as a tasting room attendant. She showed many skills and was soon promoted to events coordinator. With her background in event planning at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital she took on the role as Events Manager and handling our private events at the winery including birthdays, rehearsal dinners and anniversary parties.

 

Albert Mireles

Assistant Winemaker

Albert graduated from University of California Davis with a degree in Viticulture and Enology in 2013 and has since been pursing his passion of the industry. Albert has interned at Freeman Vineyard and Winery, and worked as a winemaker’s Production Assistant for Wayfarer Vineyard in Sonoma, CA. His heart recently led him back to his hometown of Ojai, CA, where Albert saw Carr Winery as the perfect opportunity to apply his skills and knowledge in both the vineyards and production.

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Chris Wright

Cellar Master and Vineyard Worker

Chris has a tremendous amount of wine knowledge, as he was previously a wine buyer at a local restaurant for over 15 years. Chris has always been interested in the vineyard side of the wine business, so when Ryan had an opportunity for him to drive the truck during harvest, he jumped at the opportunity. Chris helps us in many aspects of the business including vineyard maintenance, harvesting, winemaking and bottling. He also produces his own wine label called Oralé in extremely limited quantities.

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Jose “Chava” Quintero

Vineyard Forman

Chava has been working with Carr Vineyards for over fifteen years as our Vineyard Forman.  He has assisted Ryan in planting over 200 acres across Santa Barbara County and helps with all aspects of vineyard management including planting, pruning, harvesting and managing the vineyard crew.

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Angel “Pup” Carr

Jr. Security Guard in Training

Angel is a Rottweiler puppy that Ryan and Jessica recently brought home over Christmas 2015.  She looks forward to spending her days at the vineyards with Ryan learning all about Vineyard Management and relaxing in the tasting room greeting our guests at the door with a big smile and a wagging tail.

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