40 Under 40, Class of 2017

Chad A. Cagle



Job Title

Head Grower — Kentucky


  • Continually looking for new ways to improve production efficiencies by implementing and pushing the boundaries of full sun lighting practices in propagation for faster rooting and improved quality in young plant production.
  • Currently developing a direct stick final space program to increase efficiency; the program has now grown to more than 20 acres.


Cheers! A novice winemaker, one of Chad’s favorite places to be is among the vines in the wine country of Sonoma, California.

Fun Facts

Who’s THAT Guy? Chad’s wife of 10 years has never seen him without a beard, “so I’m afraid to shave it off.”