Our Core Team




Andrew Warner

Vineyard Owner 


Andy has found a passion working in the BRF vineyard, but is still very active and dedicated to his investment advisory and benefits firm he has been managing for 30 years.  His vision and dedication to the establishment and success of Black River Farms is the impetus for our continued growth.



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Richard Beranek

Vineyard Manager & Winemaker


Richard began working at BRF in 2012.

As manager, he makes strategic decisions about soil, fertilization, fruit development, pruning and harvest.  Tasks also include vineyard layout, thinning, canopy management, planting and record keeping.  Training and supervising employees in policy, procedures and safety to work on the vines are important aspects of management.  The management position also includes the capability to search for and evaluate vineyard problems, provide effective, timely and economic solutions and produce the final result which is quality fruit.

Richard's responsibilities and knowledge are both critical to the production of fruit suitable for the best wines.

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Kris Warner

Gardens and Events 


Every day is unique and different for Kris as she assists with vine care and winery duties as needed.  Her true enjoyment is the responsibility for planning, preparing and caring for all gardens on the BRF properties.  BRF has a large sustainable vegetable garden and a wide variety of floral gardens.

Kris also manages private engagements on campus.


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Grace Warner

Viticulture Assistant  


Grace has been involved at BRF from the very beginning and is readily available to help with any daily farm task.  She assists with all aspects of vineyard operations throughout the life cycle of the vines.  She also helps tend to garden duties and caring for her feathery chicken friends.




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Vineyard and Properties Assistant

Drew Warner


Drew has helped at BRF since its origin. Although very busy at school, he continues to assist with vine and garden care, planting, general maintenance, and vineyard property projects.



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BRF Team


Throughout the year you will meet many of our additional employees, friends and dedicated volunteers that help prune and harvest vines and process grapes.




Our Valued Vineyard & Winery Staff

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Kosakowski

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Suzanne Lee


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