Kaj and Else Ahlmann met in 1966 and started taking long nature walks as a pastime. They still do - now on the ranch. Natives of Denmark, the Ahlmanns and their four children relocated to Kansas in 1993. Kaj and Else purchased the ranch in 2000 and adopted it as permanent residence when they became empty-nesters eight years later.
Ever since Kaj, as a young boy, helped his granddad on the family farm in Denmark, he has dreamed of growing crops, but it took him a Masters Degree in Actuarial Sciences and more than 30 years in corporate life to get around to it. (See Corporate Bio). Today he enjoys the "re-invention" of the organic growing principles and the land conservation measures he saw on Grandpa Pedersen's farm in the 1950s.
After an engineering career and more than 20 years as a work-at-home mom, Else enjoys life at the ranch. If she is not working on marketing projects, you'll find her roaming the land taking photos, identifying wildflowers, or searching around abandoned homesteads gathering more info for a future edition of her second book – "Folks who Walked the Land of Six Sigma Ranch." kahlmann[at]sixsigmaranch[dot]com; eahlmann[at]sixsigmranch[dot]com
Being a fan of "anything fermented" and possessing an insatiable curiosity prompted the start of Matt’s enological adventure. His creativity and drive are backed up by ten years of hands-on winemaking experience, including positions at Wildhurst Vineyards, Kendall-Jackson, and Vérité Estate working under Bordelaise Vigneron Pierre Seillan. Matt joined the Six Sigma team in April 2009. His winemaking style is simply to highlight the best traits of each vineyard and season. He and his wife Nancy enjoy the simple pleasures of life on their small homestead farm in Kelseyville. matt[at]sixsigmaranch[dot]com
"There is no better feeling in the world than following your one true passion," Jacquelyn says. Jacquelyn's passion for wine has led her from her home state of Texas, to the rolling vineyards of Tuscany, to the mountains of Napa Valley and ultimately to the red soils of Lake County where she joined the Six Sigma team in May 2012. Jacquelyn feels that nothing compares to the red soil of Lake County. She is here to stay.
After finishing a degree in horticulture at Kansas State University in 2005, Christian worked for a nursery in Copenhagen, Denmark before returning to work in the wine industry. His experience includes apprenticeships at Rex Hill Winery in Oregon and Eagle's Trace Winery in Napa Valley. Christian takes a holistic approach to the vineyard management at Six Sigma by using livestock to manage the vineyard floor and avoids the use of any pesticides or herbicides. In late 2010, Christian and his wife Rachel celebrated the arrival of their first born, son Caleb. christian[at]sixsigmaranch[dot]com
Walt was born and raised in Pacifica, California. In 1976 an opportunity to teach science and coach football at Lower Lake High School (LLHS), lured Walt and his wife Janet four hours north to Lake County. After 21 years at LLHS, Walt was Principal of Coyote Valley Elementary School for eleven years. Walt joined the Six Sigma Ranch team in July 2009 as director of hospitalilty. He is now spending much of his time on the road, working directly with restaurants and stores. Walt's mission: to ensure that every visitor has an enjoyable Six Sigma Ranch experience -- whether opting for a Pinzgauer vineyard tour or simply soaking up the relaxing energy of the 4300 acre ranch and sipping great wines. wcampbell[at]sixsigmaranch[dot]com
Judy spends a good deal of her time at the desk, organizing sales and answering the phone as "Director of First Impressions".
However, you can also find her outside on horseback or driving visitors in her horse drawn wagon; rounding up and working on the cattle; or picking wildflowers and greenery for stunning decorations.
Trisha began her career with Six Sigma Ranch in 2002 as personal assistant to Kaj and Else, having spent the previous 28 years in medical office management. When the winery opened in 2005, Trish relied on her medical experience to obtain and manage the winery operation's licensing; she found the experience to be surprisingly similar to navigating through Medicare! Trisha remained in Kansas when the Ahlmann's moved to California in 2007. In addition to the daily financial operations, compliance and human resources, she maintains Kaj's calendar -- a terrific feat many days! Trisha unwinds by spoiling her three cats and running. tstill[at]sixsigmaranch[dot]com