People

We're incredibly lucky to work with some of the most talented and well respected players in the wine industry. Thank you to the entire Cline team for their hard work and dedication over the last 38 years!

  • Fred & Nancy Cline
    Proprietors

    Fred and Nancy Cline started Cline Family Cellars in 1982 in Oakley, California, making his first vintages from original plantings of Mourvèdre, Zinfandel, and Carignane, some of which plantings dated back to the 1880s.

    In 1989, to expand their small business, Fred and Nancy Cline purchased a beautiful property in the Los Carneros region of Sonoma County. The location they selected enticed them with a rich, historical past and beautiful rolling hills that had never been planted to grapevines. There was ample space for their growing family, which today includes seven talented, independent and creative children.

  • Megan & Hilary Cline
    Second Generation

    Megan and Hilary Cline are the second generation vintners leading the charge at Cline Family Cellars. Both daughters joined the team at Cline in 2015 and have since worked in nearly every capacity at the winery, from sales and winemaking, to hospitality and marketing. While both women were involved in the industry at an early age, it wasn’t until they fully rejoined the business that they were able to take on roles that helped them make their mark as the next generation.

    Both Megan and Hilary wear a number of hats, as you do in a family business, and continue with their commitment in furthering Cline.

  • John Grant
    CEO

    John Grant joined the Cline team in July 2020 bringing a wonderful new energy and focused leadership.

    Grant is a proven leader who brings 30+ years of domestic and international experience leading and managing multi-channel businesses, brands, and sales and marketing teams within the beverage industry. John has an exceptional track record of inspiring teams, developing systems, and sees innovation as a key driver to success. His global experience has spanned other notable industry players such as Treasury Wine Estates, Constellation Wines Australia, and Kendal Jackson.

  • Charlie Tsegeletos
    Head Winemaker

    Charlie Tsegeletos was born to be a winemaker. There was always wine in his Greek/Italian household in northern California, and his great-grandfather made wine in Guerneville in the 1930s.

    Charlie graduated from UC Davis in 1979 with a degree in Agricultural Science and Management/Plant Science, and honed his craft at Hacienda Wine Cellars, D’Agostini Winery, and Glen Ellen Winery. Since joining Cline Cellars in 2002, he has created legendary Zinfandels, distinctive Rhône-style wines, and Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, Merlot and Chardonnay. He also makes the wines for Cashmere, and Farmhouse.

  • Tom Gendall
    North Coast Winemaker

    North Coast Winemaker Tom Gendall was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. He worked for wineries there and in Germany before moving to California in 2011, and joining the Cline extended family in 2016.

    Tom believes that "if you look after the vines, the vines will look after you and produce great fruit. They will tell you what they need if you know where to look and what to look for. It's our job to interpret that information and make sure the wines achieve their very best potential."