Chris Figgins is the President and Director of Winemaking for Figgins Family Wine Estates and is one of a small handful of second generation winegrowers in Washington State. Chris succeeds his parents, Gary and Nancy Figgins, who founded Leonetti Cellar in 1977 in the Walla Walla Valley- its oldest winery. After growing up in the wine business, he officially joined Leonetti in 1996 after graduating from Washington State University with a degree in Horticulture – he became the head winemaker in 2001. In addition to winemaking, Chris presides over all viticulture operations for Figgins Family Wine Estates which includes five distinct vineyard sites in the Walla Walla Valley AVA. Chris started FIGGINS, an estate grown, single vineyard wine, and Lostine Cattle Company grass-fed beef, to extend the Figgins Family Wine Estates experience. He was also instrumental in transforming Leonetti into an estate grown winery and is known industry-wide for constantly pushing the envelope viticulturally in his vineyards. A frequent public speaker, Chris shares his love and intense passion for sustainable farming and biological soil health with other viticulturists, winemakers and diversified farmers whenever possible. Since 2007, Chris has also been the consulting winemaker for Doubleback winery.