Employee Spotlight: Armando Padilla

As Frank Family’s Cellar Master, Armando Padilla is an expert at all things wine production. Knowing the ins and outs of harvest and leading our all-star cellar crew are just a few of the tasks that you could find on his to-do list. However, he didn’t always know his path would lead him to wine. In the years prior to joining Frank Family Vineyards, Armando was painting houses – a job that paid the bills, but not something he was passionate about. It was a chilly February day in 1998 when a friend’s referral led him to the cellar of Frank Family Vineyards. Overwhelmed by the exhilarating smell of French oak barrels, he was hooked. He was offered the job and now, 23 years later, he is still here helping us to continually improve and grow our world-class winery. 

“After spending more than two decades at Frank Family Vineyards, one of the most important lessons that I’ve learned is: to make exceptional wines, you must have an exceptional team. The winemaking team, the cellar staff, and the winery owners all must be passionate about what they do – not just for the profits, but for the love of wine itself. I’m thankful to have that at Frank Family.”
-Armando Padilla, Cellar Master

1. What is your favorite part of your job? 

Every day I get to do something different; I get to be a part of the art of turning grapes into great wines. 

2. What is your best wine serving tip? 

You should choose your wine according to the situation and the mood. Take into consideration: weather, occasion, food, and people.

3. This spring, we’re very excited to be launching our first vintage of the 2019 Beckstoffer Pinot Noir. In your opinion, what makes Pinot Noir unique?

Pinot Noir is so easy to drink, it can pair with almost any situation, mood, or meal. 

4. What is one of your favorite wine and food pairings? 

RHF Cabernet Sauvignon with a juicy steak or pizza!