Cline Family Cellars is a family-owned and operated winery in Sonoma, California, built on a passion for winemaking and rooted in respect for the land.
Fred Cline started Cline Family Cellars in 1982 in Oakley, California, making his first vintages from original plantings of Mourvedre, Zinfandel, and Carignane, some of which dated back to the 1880's.
In 1989, Fred purchased a 350-acre horse farm in Carneros and moved the winery to Sonoma County. As one of the original Rhone Rangers, he began planting varietals that included a number of vineyards dedicated to Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. Since those first plantings, Fred and his wife Nancy have continued to plant vineyards throughout Sonoma County, expanding to include more classic varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Chardonnay.
Our aim is to be stewards of the land, not only through our natural and sustainable Green String farming methods, but through an awareness of bringing interconnected systems into harmony. We are committed to nurturing the land and creating wines that reflect the bounty of these complex and perfect ecosystems.
There are no compromises when it comes to consistency and quality. From excellent vineyards, to skilled teams working at the winery, to updated systems—we do it all. The result is an expansive, award-winning portfolio of wines with a range of styles and offerings to appeal to the novice and the enthusiast.
Cline's level of sustainability and pride in their product really made me a bigger fan of Cline than I was before.
Oakley is home to some of the oldest and rarest grapevines in California, some over 100 years old, bearing Zinfandel, Carignane, Mourvedre, Viognier, and other Rhône-style varietals. Sandy soil, deep roots, and a climate of hot days and cool nights produce fruit of legendary intensity, character and flavor. Discover the magic of these Ancient Vines here
Grapes that ripen slowly produce more flavor, color and character. Our estate vineyards are cooled down every afternoon by the "Carneros Express," an ocean-borne breeze that helps increase the fruit's 'hang time.' Shallow clay and loam soils help the vines produce small, tight clusters. The estate is planted with Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne grapes.
These vineyards in the region known as the Petaluma Gap are draped in morning fog from the nearby Pacific, with a combination of shallow clay and deep loam blocks that make this area much sought-after for pinot noir and other challenging varietals. Check out our Sonoma Coast Collection here