Proprietor & Chairman Emeritus
After purchasing a 13-acre vineyard on Pritchard Hill nearly 30 years ago, entrepreneur Don Bryant replanted the vineyard with 100 % Cabernet Sauvignon employing modern viticulture practices and assembling a team of local and international masters of their craft. These efforts quickly established one of California’s premier First Growth wines, the Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, now among Napa Valleys most acclaimed labels. Don Bryant’s goal is to celebrate the vineyard terroir while paying homage to the great winemaking traditions of Bordeaux.
Proprietor and President
Bettina was appointed President of BRYANT ESTATE in 2014. Dedicated to maintaining the legacy her husband Don has created at BRYANT ESTATE, her experience in art and business consulting provide her with extensive knowledge and skill in executive management, strategic business development as well as an appreciation for the artistic considerations in the winemaking process. Bettina is committed to ensuring stylistic consistency and producing wines of the highest quality.
Michel Rolland has been a valued member of the BRYANT ESTATE team for more than 10 years. Considered the most esteemed wine consultant in the world, Rolland provides a wealth of experience, an outside perspective, as well as expert palate. His exceptional talent in the blending process has solidified the BRYANT ESTATE signature style.
Terrior is the most important factor in great wine. For me, the hierarchy of terroir will exist forever.
David Abreu is a third generation Napa Valley native whose interest in farming dates 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. Having worked our vineyard for nearly two decades, David and his team have intimate experience with the property and farm it meticulously. David’s knowledge, standard of excellence and superb palate make him a tremendous asset to the BRYANT ESTATE team.
Kathryn “KK” Carothers
Appointed BRYANT ESTATE’s winemaker in 2018, Kathryn “KK” Carothers honed her winemaking acumen working in vineyards and wineries in the Napa Valley, Corsica, France and Margaret River, Australia. Returning to Napa for an opportunity to join the Bryant team, Kathryn was promoted from intern to enologist to assistant winemaker, working alongside oenologist Michel Rolland and viticulturist David Abreu. Kathryn then spent two years biodynamically farming and making the wine at Napa Valley’s ADAMVS before returning to BRYANT ESTATE. KK earned her B.S. from the School of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University studying viticulture and enology.
Originally from Washington State, Brianna was drawn to wine for its ability to fuse science, nature and art into a single medium. Appreciating the importance of each of these individual components, Brianna has pursued experiences in research, vineyard management and winemaking. Brianna obtained her Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis and was involved in researching agricultural land succession and yeast metabolic capabilities. While working at Cain Vineyard and Winery, she collaborated with UC Berkeley to research insect vectored pathogens. Brianna’s past work experience also includes Chalone Vineyard in Monterey, Paul Hobbs’ Viña Cobos and Spottswoode. At BRYANT ESTATE, Brianna is excited to help weave vines of distinct hillside properties into wines of mirrored complexity.
Joining the team in June 2017, Adam brings 8 years of winery and vineyard experience to BRYANT ESTATE. Having worked in France, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Oregon, Adam’s diverse experience alongside some of the most venerable wineries in the industry makes him a valuable cross-functional contributor to our estate’s rich history of crafting some of the finest wines in the world. A St. Louis native, his passion for wine growing began in Australia where he worked in the vineyards while attending graduate school with a focus on Urban Design & Sustainable development. Adam has garnered respect in the industry for an extreme level of care, craft and collaboration.
A Napa native, Sharon Bishop began her career working in hotels throughout the valley. It was during that time, she discovered her true passion was in the wine industry. Prior to joining BRYANT ESTATE in 2016, Sharon worked as the Wine Club Manager at Truchard Vineyards and as the Assistant Wine Club Manager at O’Brien Estate. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from Sonoma State University.
A Napa Valley native, Joe Welch joined the BRYANT ESTATE 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.