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 Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, Cashmere, and Farmhouse.
Charlie loves making wines that express the unique qualities of California fruit, and their specific sense of place. His mission is the creation of wines that surprise and delight the senses.
Assistant 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."
Well said, Tom. We couldn't agree more.
There are so many people who contribute every year to production here at Cline but we especially couldn't do what we do without Henry Escareno, Cellarmaster, Charlie Tsegeletos, Head Winemaker, Jeanette Shandelmier, Enologist, and Tom Gendall, Assistant Winemaker. We have quite the team here at Cline Family Cellars!