- April 1, 2021
Name: Efren Carranza
Number of years at Hafner Vineyard: 7 months
Department/Role: I am part of the vineyard team and do a bit of everything. I’m the “newbie” to HV but I’ve been working in the vineyards of Sonoma County for over 30 years.
What’s something most people don’t know about you? I really enjoy gardening. I especially like to grow tomatoes and chiles.
Where did you grow up? Guanajuato, Mexico
Favorite local restaurant: Taco Grande in Healdsburg
What’s your perfect weekend day look like? The perfect weekend is when I go with my family to Fort Bragg. It’s a town on the coast, and we do a lot of walking on the beach and outdoor activities.
How else do you spend your free time? I help my sons with their vintage trucks. We fix them and paint them. It’s really just a hobby.
Favorite Hafner wine (yes, just one!): Rosé! (He says without hesitation!)
What’s the best part of being part of the Hafner Vineyard team? How well we all work together. It’s a happy team that’s focused on working as a unit together.
What’s the most exciting time of the year at Hafner Vineyard? Harvest. It is the moment when you get to see the end result of a year’s hard work. It’s always exciting and brings pride.
What’s the best part of living in Sonoma County? The landscape, climate, vineyards. It’s just a beautiful place.
Personal motto or saying that you live by: Family first and always try to stay positive.
Favorite day of the year: Thanksgiving because there’s lots of wine and food.
What’s a memory of when you started working at Hafner Vineyard? It was fun re-meeting David, the vineyard manager. I worked with Dave at another winery, but I had not seen him for 10 years. He looked almost the same except now he has a giant beard now! At first I thought “Could this be Dave?!”
What’s the craziest/funniest job you’ve done here? Planting is a fun (and funny!) job because you’re absolutely exhausted at the end of the day. I know that sounds strange, but it’s amusing because no matter how tough someone is, planting always gets you! It’s a humbling experience.