Jacuzzi Family Vineyards
A warmer climate beckoned and the pair eventually made their way to southern California. Years later, they were joined by four other brothers and eventually all went to work in the aviation industry. Soon they would make American history. He then returned to Italy with Valeriano to gather up the rest of the family.
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Winemaker/Director of Winemaking
Charlie Tsegeletos (pronounced Seg-uh-let-ose) was raised in northern California by Italian and Greek parents. Growing up, his family always had a bottle of wine on the table. He inherited his interest in wine from his great grandfather, Giuppe Guidotti, who in the 1930s grew grapes and made wine in the Guerneville area of Sonoma County, California.
In 1979, Tsegeletos earned his degree in agricultural science and management/plant science from the University of California at Davis . He launched his winemaking career in 1980 at the age of 24 as an apprentice for Pendleton Winery. In 1981, he joined Hacienda Wine Cellars as assistant winemaker in Sonoma , and in 1984 assumed the role of winemaker at D’Agostini Winery. Tsegeletos joined Glen Ellen Winery in 1987 as senior director of winemaking when it was owned by the Benzigers, and then ultimately sold to United Distillers & Vintners. There, he crafted his blending skills and the effects these skills had on wine. He joined the winery in 2002, and is responsible for winemaking and production.
Tsegeletos often lets the grapes guide his style of winemaking. He works closely with vineyard managers to ensure that varietals are planted in locations that will provide optimal acid and sugar levels and express true varietal characteristics. He then hones his winemaking skills to shepherd the wine toward his chosen style. His red wines are big and dark with lots of fruit concentration and delicate oak nuances; white wines are bright and fresh.
Tsegeletos is a professional wine judge, as well as president of the board of directors for the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Association. An avid snow skier and motorcyclist, he resides on an old chicken ranch in the hills of Sonoma with his wife, daughter and an assortment of animals.
World War I intervened and the trip was delayed until the war’s end. During this time, Valeriano had met Giuseppina and fell in love, married and had their first child. Valeriano's new family, parents and remaining siblings departed from Italy in 1920.
Soon after their arrival in early 1921, Valeriano started working with his brothers at their Jacuzzi Brothers factory. A tragic crash, over Modesto, of Jacuzzi’s first enclosed monoplane took several lives, including that of Valeriano’s brother, Giocondo. At this time, Giovanni asked his sons to cease making planes. Valeriano moved his family to Northern California and purchased a 161-acre farm in Contra Costa County.
During the depression, Valeriano, with help from his older children, planted a portion of the open farm fields with grapes and in 1936 he applied for a license to make wine for home consumption. At that time he was limited to 200 gallons (approximately 84 cases). The vineyard was planted to Zinfandel, Carignane and Mourvedre and he sold grapes for $30-$35 a ton.
In 1937, Valeriano returned to work with his brothers at Jacuzzi Brothers, Inc. located in Berkeley, CA where they manufactured water well pumps and eventually, the bath and spa that bears their name.
When Fred was a young boy, he spent summers visiting his grandparents, who lived on a farm in Oakley, California. It was there that Cline learned both the love of agricultural life and the mysteries of vinifying grapes into wine, a love that would later allow him to obtain a degree in agriculture science and management from the University of California-Davis.
In 1982, with an inheritance from his grandfather, he founded Cline Cellars near Oakley, California and in 1991, the winery was relocated to the Carneros region of Sonoma, Calif. In 1994 the first Jacuzzi Family Vineyards wine was produced. Cline built the 18,000-square-foot winery across the street to Cline Cellars on Arnold Drive in Sonoma-Carneros and opened its doors in 2007.
Fred's innovation and experimentation has produced distinctive and rich wines for which he has garnered enormous acclaim.
Fred and Nancy reside in the town of Sonoma with their seven children.
Practices & Techniques
“Compost tea,” consisting of molasses, fish emulsion, rock dust and microbes fertilize the vines. Eco-friendly sheep control weed growth. Nourishment derived from alternate natural products, such as grape pumice, vine pruning, and other mature organic material, improves the texture and depth of the soil and provides sustenance to the vine. These practices produce structured and concentrated wines.
In efforts to further the nourishment of our vineyards, we developed a “cinder-cone” grinding operation using volcanic rock from our property. Ground-up oyster shells are also used to provide calcium to the soil.
We do not disc our vineyards, but instead, we employ a cover crop system, which consists of grains (i.e. barley, oats) and nitrogen-fixing plants (i.e. bell-beans) which produce carbon-containing organic matter and nitrogen to soften the soil bed. Crops are grazed down after bud breaks.
It is integral to the strength of the vines and the overall production that unwanted plants be controlled. Weeds will often compete with the vines for valuable water and can become entangled with the fruit, causing problems at harvest time. We employ sheep to "weed" our vineyards and pull any remaining weeds by hand.
Estate Vineyards / AVA
Carneros stretches across the cool southern extremities of both Sonoma and Napa counties while it touches the historic flatlands north of San Pablo Bay. Jacuzzi Family Vineyards sits on 190 acres at Arnold Drive in Sonoma-Carneros.
Pacific fog and coastal wind are what sets this appellation apart. In the scorching afternoons, bay winds glide over the vineyards, mitigating the blistering California heat. The vines are planted in volcanic soil and adobe clay. This area is best known for producing outstanding Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It’s also been a great growing region for our Barbera and Sangiovese.
SONOMA COAST - PETALUMA GAP:
The Petaluma Gap, located in the Sonoma Coast AVA, is a region of extreme viticulture potential. This is the largest appellation in Sonoma County measuring 750 square miles.
The fog and nearness of the Pacific Ocean make it a cool region II area - on par with Santa Cruz, California and Reims, France. Here, the grapes enjoy a cooler climate in the scolding summer and are protected against temperamental frost in the winter. With more than twice the annual rainfall of an inland appellation, the grapes demand longer hang-time to ripen, and although the yields are smaller than a more controllable inland appellation, the concentration and structure of the grapes are exceptional. The vineyards are planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese along with premium Italian olives.