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It is the dedicated crew members, tractor drivers, equipment operators, supervisors, mechanics and administrators that work in concert to personify Noble’s Core Values and Vision Statement.  It is of profound importance that every team member, regardless of their title or tenure, be valued and appreciated for their contribution, large and small alike, to the shared success of Noble and Noble’s clients.

Headquartered in the Upper Russian River Valley of Mendocino County, Noble was created by a collection of multi-generational farmers that banded together to pool their resources and expertise in an effort to keep their family farms competitive in the face of ‘Farming Corporatization’. Noble Vineyard Management is an alternative to selling the family farm. We welcome the opportunity to put our diverse experience as farmers, business people, and lifelong learners to work for you.

Senior Management Team

Tyler Rodrigue  CEO

tyler@noblevm.com
office: 707-462-4168 x 700 / mobile: 415-533-8642

Tyler Rodrigue serves as the CEO at Noble Vineyard Management and is responsible for overseeing all operational, financial and grape sales activities.

Prior to forming Noble Vineyard Management, Tyler worked as the Vineyard Manager for Haiku Vineyards where he oversaw the day-to-day farming and business operations.  Before returning to his agricultural roots, he worked in institutional real estate development and investing at Carmel Partners, JB Matteson, Tiburon Ventures and Heller Pacific. During this time he maintained a California Real Estate license and focused on West Coast acquisitions, land entitlement, construction management and asset management.

Tyler is a graduate of the University of California at Davis with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Managerial Economics and is a graduate of the University of San Francisco with a Master’s degree in Business Administration.  Tyler currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Russian River Flood Control and Water Conservation District and St. Mary of the Angels Foundation and a former Board Member of the Mendocino WineGrowers Inc

Dave Downey  PRESIDENT

dave@noblevm.com
office: 707-462-4168 x 701 / mobile: 707-621-3024

David Downey serves as the President at Noble Vineyard Management and is responsible for the coordination and implementation of all viticulture and construction activities.

Dave was born and raised in Mendocino County’s Ukiah Valley, where he grew up working in his family’s vineyard.  He learned farming from the ground up helping his father and grandfather at every opportunity.  Following college, Dave returned to Mendocino County and worked for Mendocino Vineyard Company. While there he was able to merge his academic knowledge with on the ground experience while under the guidance of Mike Boer and Andy Beckstoffer.  Dave was also the Vineyard Manager for Mountanos Vineyards where he ran the day-to-day farming operation. In 2002, Dave started his own vineyard management company.

Dave is a graduate of Fresno State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Viticulture.  He is an active Board Member of Mendocino Farm Bureau and a past Board Member of the Mendocino WineGrower’s Inc. He has helped organize and run the annual pruning contest for several years.  In addition to farming and vineyard management, Dave has coached CYO, AAU and High School basketball for fourteen years.  He is a proud father who is committed to keeping his family’s multigenerational farming heritage thriving for the next generation.

Jennifer Rodrigue  CFO

jen@noblevm.com

Jen Rodrigue serves as the CFO at Noble Vineyard Management and Noble Custom Harvesting and is responsible for managing the company’s finances and financial reporting.

Born and raised in Marin County, Jen grew up spending weekends and summers at her family’s ranch in Mendocino County. Jen attended UC Berkeley and graduated with a degree in English. She then earned her Single Subject Credential in English and a Master of Science in Education from Dominican University of California. While working as a high school English teacher in Marin County, Jen was offered a position as the Finance Manager for a summer day camp with multiple locations nationwide. After working there for twelve years, combining her interest in business and accounting with her passion for education, she joined the Noble Vineyard Management Company team when she and Tyler moved to Ukiah with their three children.

In recent years, Jen has volunteered as Treasurer for Ukiah Co‐op Preschool, St. Mary’s Mardi Gras Board, and Mendocino County Soccer Academy. She also served on the Board at New Morning Montessori School.

Dave Koball  DIRECTOR OF VITICULTURE

koball@noblevm.com
office: 707-462-4168 x 702 / mobile: 707-272-4655

Dave Koball serves as the Director of Viticulture for Noble Vineyard Management and is responsible for overseeing viticulture and compliance operations, developing annual farm plans, water rights reporting and managing third party certifications for sustainability, organics and Biodynamics. Dave runs the project management activities on all development projects; this includes a detailed proforma and cash flow, laying out the vineyard design, designing the trellis/irrigation/frost system, procuring vine and trellis pricing and a project schedule.

Dave grew up as a kid on a tractor farming olive, prune, and walnut orchards in Northern California with his family. He moved to Mendocino County in 1994 after working as a post graduate researcher at UC Davis to work for the Fetzer Family as a vineyard manager on certified organic vineyards in Mendocino County, which were also some of the first in the county to be certified Biodynamic. From there, Dave developed the mountainous Butler Ranch for Bonterra vineyards where he eventually became Vineyard Director, overseeing as many as 1,200 acres of certified organic and Biodynamic vineyards on 15 different ranches, growing 20 different varietals for large production wines, as well as highly rated vineyard designate wines.

Dave is a graduate of the University of California at Davis, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Plant Science/Plant Pathology, as well as Cornell University, with a Master’s Degree in Plant Pathology where he researched the effects of environmental conditions on plant disease development. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District, California Land Stewardship Institute, which runs the Fish Friendly Farming program, and Committee Chair for the Mendocino County Farm Bureau Water Committee. Dave and his wife farm 15 acres of their own certified organic Chardonnay in the Ukiah valley, where their twin boys are learning farm management from the ground up.

Terry Allen  OPERATIONS MANAGER

terry@noblevm.com
office: 707-462-4168 x 704 / mobile: 707-489-8098

Terry Allen serves as the Operations Manager for Noble Vineyard Management and Noble Custom Harvesting. He is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day implementation of the vineyard farm plans and collaborating with the Direct of Viticulture on all development projects. He is also responsible for managing the shop and mechanics.

Terry was born and raised in Mendocino County before moving to Kansas as a teenager. It was during his time in Kansas that Terry was exposed to commercial farming and developed his passion for working the land. Following graduation, Terry began his career farming corn and wheat. Terry moved back to California in 1991 and accepted a position with Welch Vineyard Management Services, Inc. Terry has amassed extensive experience in organic and biodynamic farming and has completed viticulture course work at the University of California at Davis.

Over his twenty-five year career at Welch, Terry amassed experience farming in Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma Counties. Terry has managed and developed vineyards for an impressive list of clients including: Robert Mondavi Winery, Parducci Wine Cellars, Fetzer Vineyards, Arkley Vineyards, Brutocao Winery, Eco Terreno and numerous other producers.

In addition to managing and developing vineyards, Terry has knowledge running heavy equipment, building irrigation/frost ponds, scheduling and overseeing crews and designing irrigation, frost and trellis systems. Terry has skill managing tertiary facets of the business including pesticide and fungicide reporting and third party vineyard certifications.

Michael Boer  REGIONAL VINEYARD MANAGER

michael@noblevm.com
office: 707-462-4168 x 712 / mobile: 707-234-9134

Michael Boer serves as a Regional Vineyard Manager at Noble Vineyard Management and is responsible for the supervision of personnel, farming production, field safety, farm budgets and other special projects within his area of responsibility.

Michael was born and raised in Mendocino County on his family’s farm in the Ukiah Valley. Michael is the sixth generation of his family to farm in the county. The family historically farmed prunes, pears and row crops. Today the Boer family grows wine grapes, pumpkins, apples, pears, peaches and walnut trees. Prior to joining Noble Vineyard Management, Michael managed the day-to-day operations of his family’s farm as well as additional vineyard properties. Prior to running his family’s vineyard, Michael worked for Constellation Brands grower relations group.

Michael is a graduate of the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Systems Management and a minor in Agricultural Economics. He is an active member of the Mendocino County Farm Bureau and its Young Farmers and Ranchers group. He also serves on the board of Mendocino WineGrower’s Inc.

Shannon Diaz  OFFICE MANAGER

shannon@noblevm.com
office: 707-462-4168 x 705

Shannon Diaz serves as Office Manager at Noble Vineyard Management and Noble Custom Harvesting and is responsible for the day-to-day supervision of office personnel, accounts payable activity, accounts receivable activity, human resource activity, payroll, vendor relations and customer relations.

Born in Monterey County and raised in Mendocino County, Shannon has worked for over 20 years in the vineyard management industry. While working in accounting at a local CPA firm, her family leased a vineyard in Redwood Valley where she began to learn about vineyard farming and agriculture accounting. Shannon’s interest in agriculture accounting and operations led her to take the position of Office Manager at Welch Vineyard Management where she worked for just over ten years before joining Noble Vineyard Management.

“Noble has been an outstanding partner in providing detailed cost accounting and viticultural analysis.  They are available and responsive to any concerns that arise.”

Al White
Director of Viticulture, Mendocino Wine Company

“In our business the most important factor is proper timing; it affects fruit quality, vine health & your bottom line. If you are looking for a vineyard management company Noble is #1.”

Ron Bartolucci
Bartolucci Vineyards

“Noble is agile and professional. They are definitely prepared for the mechanized viticulture of the future.”
 

Mike Boer
Sales Manager, Grow West

“It’s been wonderful to farm collaboratively with the next generation of my family and to know the legacy of the Fetzer Family will continue on."

Patti Fetzer
Proprietor, Patianna Vineyard and Winery

“Noble delivers on the promise of custom Harvesting, with clean, state of the art equipment that operates on schedule.”
 

Cameron Mauritson
Owner, Mauritson Wines

“Noble, they provided skilled, knowledgeable, productive employees with modern equipment.  They worked within our means and jumped for us.  Thumbs up.”

Dave Bacci
Vineyard Manager, Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery

“Operating a vineyard is equal parts hard work and luck and navigating the recent grape growing challenges in Sonoma County has been a wild ride. We’ve required expert assistance with complex problems to produce high-quality wine grapes."

Rob Izzo, Ph.D.
General Manager, Eco Terreno Wines & Vineyards

"Noble has proven to be a partner in all aspects of our vineyard operations. From planning capital projects, setting strategy for our growing season and to executing on all aspects of operations, we’ve been able to employ their expertise across the board. The entire Noble team from the crew members to the leadership are valuable members of our vineyard operations.”

Rob Izzo, Ph.D.
General Manager, Eco Terreno Wines & Vineyards

“The Noble team have always been a pleasure to work with. They show a high level of viticultural expertise and knowledge, bridging the gap between high quality vineyard management and maintaining financial viability.”

Robin Akhurst
Regional Director of Winemaking for Napa & Sonoma, Vintage Wine Estates
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