In Memorium 02/16/1944 – 11/29/2019
Hans Nef was an entrepreneur, engineer, developer, and restaurateur — but his two greatest passions were wine and his family. Growing up in a rural village outside Zurich, Switzerland, he gained an early appreciation for agriculture. Having studied civil engineering, Hans eventually founded his own civil engineering consultancy firm. He later became a collector of fine Bordeaux wines, and ultimately branched out into the wine importation business. As his interest in California wines intensified, he began an extensive search for the perfect place to plant winegrapes and make wine. This brought him to Paso Robles where he planted his first vineyard in 1997, and established Vina Robles in 1998. The Nef family home remained in Switzerland, but the patriarch visited Paso Robles often, bringing groups of friends, and his entire family along whenever possible. We lost Mr. Nef in a tragic swimming accident off the coast of Africa on the Cape Verde Islands in November 2019. While members of his family have continued to move his legacy of Vina Robles forward, he is sorely missed by all.