With wine and hope, anything is possible.

~ Spanish proverb

Team Members

Rod and Roger are professional and a pleasure to work with. RKP vineyard first vintage of grapes exceeded my high expectations. As the vines age I believe RKP will be a very high quality source of wine grapes.

Brett Isenhower | Owner/Winemaker

Esteemed Supporting Cast

We are grateful for the thoughtful research and guidance from Michelle Moyer of the Viticulture Department of Washington State University, Joan Davenport, retired professor from the same and Dick Boushey, of Boushey Vineyards. Their collaboration and specific site analysis informed a design program to create the exact location of the block followed by the row layout for each block.

The selection of varietals was a process of gathering recommendations from several well-respected individuals in the wine industry. Aside from Joan and Dick, mentioned above, also involved were Jim Watkins, former CEO of Berringer Wines, Tom Hedges of Hedges Estates and Roger Bates, the Resort’s Vineyard Manager.

Roger Bates

Principal Vineyard Partners

Roger Bates, Vineyard Manager, started his agriculture career at 12 years old with   Pacific Coast Nursery.  Twelve years later he began his vineyard management with wineries in the Yakima Valley. With over 45 years of experience, Roger is well equipped for decision making in vineyard development, continued growth care and management.  To his credit many of the vineyards he has managed have produced grapes used in award winning wines. Even though growing wine grapes is a challenge because we are at the mercy of Mother Nature, Roger exhibits great joy being involved with the wine industry from start to finish. 

ROD RYAN

Principal Vineyard Partners

Rod Ryan’s love of rural settings, agriculture, wine and resorts came together in 2013 when he purchased what was originally, a golf resort. After much thought, and work with DTJ Design, the plan was modified to the Vineyards Resort, a wine themed, destination in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA of Washington State.  The cornerstone of the Resort is an 80-acre vineyard, planted in 2019.  The vineyard is surrounded by 3 villages. The residences of the villages include cottages, townhomes and single-family homes.  Along with the Estate lots, the residences overlook the vineyard, the valley, Mt Adams and Mt. Rainier. Amenities in the Central Village, the core of the Resort, include a piazza, shops, restaurant, tasting room/cafe, wellness center, gathering barn, Inn, pool and pocket parks.  Hiking and biking trails, a nature park and amphitheater finish out the amenities.

Rod is a native of Wisconsin, with family roots in farming.  He brought his mid-western work ethic to education, completing a law degree, passing the bar, all while becoming the first employee of LINK Conference Service, a company founded by Rod’s mother. LINK was a leading provider of audio and web conferencing for clients across the United States including Accenture, Costco and Stanford.  Rod later acquired and successfully sold LINK in 2009.

Since that time Rod has been active in developing real estate in the greater Seattle market. 

Rod serves on the Board of the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club and resides with his wife, twin boys and family dog in Bellevue where they enjoy a variety of activities.

Jose Licea (Nacho)

Principal Vineyard Partners

Jose Ignacio Licea (Nacho) was born to a farmer family and raised as such. He earned a bachelor’s degree, followed by a master’s degree, in Business Management with a minor in high Management from the University of Colima. Nacho moved to Washington State in 2001, establishing first contact with the wine industry. Having worked for years in all aspect of vineyard and wine making at Owen Roe 2008-2019, going from viticulturist, cellars master and General manager, recently Nacho was invited to be part of Frenchman Hills Vineyard managing team. When not busy growing grapes, Nacho loves to spend time with his family enjoying the wonders of nature.