Team

Winery’s Team

Award Winning Wines & Beautiful property

Over the years, our team has a long record of winning many wine competition awards…

Our staff works hard to keep the property looking beautiful

Dhruv Khanna

Dhruv Khanna

Owner

Born in India, Dhruv Khanna completed high school in England before traveling widely in Europe and North America. He came to the United States in 1979 to attend Dartmouth College, and received his law degree from Stanford Law School in 1986. He is a telecommunications attorney and was one of the founders of Covad. Dhruv was attracted to Kirigin Cellars because of its rich history and stunning beauty. Dhruv’s passions for excellent wine, the outdoors, sports and dogs inspired him to replant the deteriorating vineyards, add sports fields, build a new Club House building, and restore old wine tasting areas.

Allen Krutzer

Allen Krutzer

Wine Maker

Allen Kreutzer began working with Nikola Kirigin in 1984, and continues to lead all viticulture and winemaking processes at Kirigin Cellars. Allen’s BS in Fermentation Science from UC Davis and Master’s Degree in Agricultural Chemistry from Fresno State has provided him with a strong scientific background for viticulture and winemaking. Allen also successfully opened his own winery, Drytown Cellars, in November 2001 in the Sierra Foothills of Amador County. He is the proud recipient of many prestigious accolades, including “Best of Show” at California’s largest wine competition, the Orange County Fair, and “Best of Class” in the San Francisco Chronicle’s competition. Allen is one of California’s best wine-makers.

Hilda Fragozo

Hilda Fragozo

Assistant Wine Maker

Hilda has worked at Kirigin Cellars for over 9 years and works with the production team on wine making, blending wines and harvesting. She works closely with Allen on the blending and bottle of all of Kirigin’s award winning wines.

Ralph Kara

Ralph Kara

Ralph started with Kirigin in 2013 working in our Tasting Room. He is now and assistant winemaker and works closely with Allen to cultivate and produce our award winning wines. 

Perri Johnson

Perri Johnson

Facilities Manager

Perri is our General Manager and has worked at Kirigin Cellars since 2011. She manages our Tasting Rooms, Weddings, and Events and plays a key role in ensuring everyone enjoys their experience with us.

Hannah Foley

Hannah Foley

Wedding and Event Coordinator

Hannah has worked for Kirigin Cellars since 2016 and is our  wedding and events coordinator. She loves creating special memories for brides and grooms on their wedding days. In her spare time Hannah enjoys spending time with her dog in the  outdoors. Her favorite wines on the menu are Tempranillo, and Rose mixed with Champagne. Book an event with Kirigin Cellars and let Hannah make your day extra special.

Gabino Romero

Gabino Romero

Vineyard Staff

Gabino has worked at Kirigin Cellars for over 40 years and is the only employee that has worked for all 3 of the wineries owners. He has worked under Allen for the last 34 years and works closely with Hilda and the rest of the vineyard staff on the bottling line.

Glorio Fragozo

Glorio Fragozo

Vineyard Staff

Glorio is the father of Hilda Fragozo and has been working on Kirigin Cellar’s beautiful grounds for 16 years. Glorio is in charge of our landscaping and works day in and day out to keep our property looking beautiful.