At Cru Land Company we have a fluency in the vineyard and ag space born from experience that goes far beyond transactional Real Estate. Collectively the team at Cru Land Company has firsthand wine industry experience in the vineyards and in production, with sales and marketing, and finance and accounting.
With all that said, we are a Real Estate brokerage and advisory firm at our core, and to that end we successfully closed a compelling portfolio of agricultural real estate transactions for a broad range of clients including landowners, private and institutional investors, farmers and vertically integrated wine-producers.
David J. Carciere is the principal of Cru Land Company. Cru is the culmination of more than 15 years of wine-industry and agricultural Real Estate experience.
David’s Real Estate career began as a California Certified General Appraiser with a focus on recreational and agricultural land. In 2010 he was a founding partner at First Leaf Land Acquisitions where he spent a decade brokering agricultural and vineyard land sales. During that period, he also had first-hand experience on the wine-production side with his family’s wine label, Suacci Carciere Wines, as well as on the grower side operating the Donnelly Creek Vineyard in Anderson Valley.
Understanding the intersection of the Real Estate, growing and production sides of agriculture gives David a unique perspective when both evaluating vineyard and agricultural land and, as importantly, analyzing potential investment opportunities.
David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a master’s degree in Land Economics and Real Estate from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M where he worked as a graduate assistant under research economist Dr. Charles Gilliland. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the state of California and is active in the California Association of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, as well as the Sonoma County Farm Bureau.
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Michael Hansen is a formally trained business professional with a MBA from Sonoma State University. Both of Michael’s parents worked in the wine industry his whole life, so Michael grew up and lived in several prominent wine regions up and down the California Coast. This life-long immersion and proximity to the industry naturally grew into a curiosity in the business aspect of wine and vineyard operations.
Michael’s introduction into Real Estate began in 2018, totally by happenstance. While working in management at a Sonoma County Country Club, Michael’s wife suggested he get his Real Estate license to complement his outgoing personality. After unexpected success in his first few years of Real Estate activity, Michael began to consider leaving his full-time career as a Vice President at a prominent lifestyle company. After meeting David Carciere, Principal at Cru Land Company, at a property showing, Michael was convinced that CRU was the place to be, ultimately coming on as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Michael and his wife Christy own and manage multiple rental properties in both residential and agricultural locales. This first-hand experience gives Michael’s clients a useful perspective on local Real Estate Investment Strategy as well as expertise in permitting, land use, well and septic, contract negotiation, vineyard management, and overall land strategy.
Michael currently resides in Sonoma county, where he helps to run and manage his wife’s family ranch, which was established in 1848. Michael is an asset in most conceivable business cases, bringing significant skills and experience in the fields of business, strategy, marketing, financial management, analytics, sales, and operations. He brings enthusiasm and energy to all his projects. Contact Michael today!
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Bonnie Burnett is the Senior Project Manager and marketing specialist at Cru Land Company. Bonnie grew up in Alexander Valley where she developed a love and fascination with the wine industry. In 2007 she graduated from Sonoma State University with her Bachelor of Science degree in Wine Business. After graduation, she worked for Quivira Vineyards and Winery in the Dry Creek Valley where she spent several years as their accountant learning the intricacies on the financial side of winery operations.
Bonnie began her Real Estate Career in 2017, when she was asked to join NorCal Vineyards as their supporting agent. She spent her time at NorCal focused on creating high-end marketing materials and successful internet marketing campaigns, while also showing vineyards and wineries and managing all open escrows.
In her first year in Real Estate, she won the Rookie of the Year Award generating the largest gross sales of new agents in the entire brokerage. In her second year of being licensed, she was awarded the most Real Estate Transactions in the entire office. Bonnie is also a Certified Transaction Coordinator, TCing over $100,000,000 in Gross Sales for Winery, Vineyard and Agricultural Land.
With a background in the wine industry and having cultivated an exceptional understanding of Real Estate’s role in industry during her years spent with NorCal Vineyards, she was invited to join Cru Land Company.