Susan Captain tested her skills as a grower by raising 4 children. After some great success in that enterprise, she trained her sights on grape growing and dove headlong into the pursuit. She is a Certified Bay-Friendly Landscape Professional, WPS fieldworker Trainer and pesticide handler, part of the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN), California Food Handler Traning Certificate program and is on the IPM advisory committee for Contra Costa County. Susan and Sal are founding members of the Lamorinda wine growers association (LWGA). Susan has been on the board since inception 2005 and president 2012-2014.
“It’s in the nature of the grapevine to respond to challenging conditions, and it’s the job of the growers to remind the vine that it’s capable of doing so." In what little off-time she has, Susan spends time with her 4 granddaughters, provide a viticulture 4 H project for the local middle and high school, and hosts interns from St. Mary's College interested in agriculture, marketing, and business. Susan holds a degree in Statistics, which, she has found, the vines respect immensely.