Born in Fremont, California, Francisco spent the first decade of his childhood in the Bay Area before moving to Southern California with his family. In high school he ran cross country and track. He continued running cross country at Saint Mary’s College of California where he earned his degree in History. In college his interest in food and wine was sparked by his studies abroad throughout Europe. Francisco went on to get his teaching credential and moved back to Southern California to teach high school History. In 2005, he moved back to Northern California to pursue his Master’s in Educational Leadership and began teaching in Pleasanton, CA.
In 2012, Francisco and his sister, Monica, launched their own wine label, Aldina Vineyards, sourcing their grapes from their family’s estate grown vineyard planted in the Fountaingrove District AVA. In 2016, Francisco moved to Sonoma County to work full time on Aldina Vineyards and begin working on a new project. In 2018, Francisco along with his family began the construction of Bacchus Landing. The 9.4-acre property includes a 52,200 sq. ft. wine storage facility, 8,500 sq. ft. event center and five (5) individual tasting rooms with 1,800 sq. ft. of open-air indoor space along with a private 1,600 sq. ft. outdoor patio.
When he’s not working at Aldina Vineyards or Bacchus Landing, Francisco can be found running throughout Sonoma County or riding dirt bikes with his son. In August of 2013, Francisco and his wife, Shauna, welcomed their first child, Vicente Kamran Lopez. Then on Thanksgiving of 2016, they welcomed their second child, Ariana Poppy Lopez. Francisco and Shauna enjoy traveling and enjoy cooking meals and drinking a good glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. A resident of Windsor, CA, Francisco is right at home in wine country and enjoys all aspects of the Sonoma County lifestyle.