Brandi Greene

Brandi Greene

Burnsini Vineyards (Winemaker & Owner)

Brandi Greene was born and raised in Shasta County, located in Northern California. After completing high school in Redding, she crossed the border into Oregon, entering Oregon State University in 2000. She earned a B.S. degree in Food & Fermentation Science there in 2005.

Her first position in the wine industry was as enologist at Erath Vineyards Winery in the Dundee Hills of Oregon. She followed this with short-term appointments at wineries in Sonoma, Amador, and Stanislaus Counties in California. However, her career path took a temporary detour from winemaking at age 23, with Brandi saying, “. . . I’d never come back until I owned a winery. I changed career paths because I had no idea how to make my dream come true.”

Armed with her degree and a post-baccalaureate certificate in environmental science as credentials, Brandi found a position as an environmental chemist with Southwest Research Institute in Texas in 2007. This was followed in late 2008 by a move to E2 Consulting Engineers, Inc., in Redding, CA.

Brandi’s dream of owning a winery did indeed come true in 2017 when she became owner of Burnsini Vineyards in Cottonwood, CA, near Redding; the winery itself was established in 2000. She continues to work two or three days each week at E2 as senior environmental chemist.

Initially nicknamed “Forklift” because of her ability to operate this all-important piece of equipment, Brandi’s hands-on involvement with all aspects of winemaking quickly established her credentials with the personnel at the winery. She currently is producing Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Merlot, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet Sauvignon, all varietals that bear up well to Cottonwood’s hot summer days, and also offers a Sangiovese-based Rosé and red blends. Although the annual case production of the winery now is some 2,000 cases, Brandi hopes to grow this figure to 10,000 in the future.

When not engaged in activities at the winery, Brandi enjoys fishing, hiking, and stand-up paddle boarding along with her winery dog, Hattie. She is a member of the Shasta Land Trust, an activity that reflects her interest in environmental conservation and community service.