Our dad, Fred started Cline Family Cellars in 1982 in Oakley, California, making his first vintages from original plantings of Mourvèdre, Zinfandel, and Carignane, some of which dated back to the 1880s.
In 1989, he and our mom Nancy, purchased a 350-acre horse farm in Sonoma-Carneros and moved the winery here. This is where we were raised.
Our dad was one of the original Rhone Rangers and began planting vineyards dedicated to Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. Since those first plantings, our family has continued to plant vineyards throughout Sonoma County, expanding to include more classic varieties like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
FARMING FOR THE FUTURE
When we were kids, you could often find us playing in the vineyards. Our parents wanted to make sure that we had a safe place to play. And because of that, it was important to them that pesticides and herbicides were not used to grow our grapes. We farm sustainably, using cover crops and compost teas to nourish the soil, and sheep to control the weeds to create healthy vines now and for the next generations.
We are Certified California Sustainable and Sonoma County Sustainable.
We have been growing wine for 40 years. Our star winemakers Tom Gendall and Katie Hoggins are masters at the art of making stylish noble varietals, Rhone and Zinfandel wines. They firmly believe that the best wines are born from sustainably farmed vineyards meaning minimal intervention is needed in the cellar. We prefer to use wild yeast for fermentation and express natural colors, aromas, flavors, and textures gifted to us by the grapes we grow. All of our wines are Vegan and Gluten Free.