We approach each appellation stylistically. Working closely with our vineyard managers ensures that we capture the maximum flavor concentration from the grapes which ultimately go into the wine.
proprietor - cline cellars
Fred Cline’s maternal grandfather, Valeriano Jacuzzi of pump and spa fame, called Oakley home. On summer visits to his grandparents, Fred learned both the love of agricultural life and the mysteries of vinifying grapes into wine. This love led Fred to obtain a degree in Agricultural Science and Management from UC Davis.
In 1982, with an inheritance from his grandfather, Fred founded Cline Cellars near Oakley, California. Here, he preserved and restored many ancient vine sites to their rightful reign as premier California vine lands.
In 1991, Fred and his wife Nancy relocated the winery from Oakley to the Carneros region of Sonoma. Their 350-acre estate with new vineyards and production facilities is steeped with history (once the site of a Miwok village and the original last California Mission site before it was moved to the town of Sonoma). While much of the cool Carneros region is planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot, Fred pioneered the planting of Rhône varietals including Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne.
Fred is one of the founding members of the Rhone Rangers. He resides with his wife, Nancy, and their seven children in the town of Sonoma.
charles (charlie) tsegeletos
winemaker/director of winemaking
Charlie Tsegeletos was raised in Northern California by an Italian mom and a Greek dad. Growing up, his family always had a bottle of wine on the table. His interest in wine was inherited through his great grandfather, Guippe Guidotti, who in the 1930s grew grapes and made wine in the Guerneville area of Sonoma County.
In 1979, Charlie earned his degree in Agricultural Science and Management/Plant Science from the University of California at Davis and began his wine-making career in 1980 at the age of 24 as an apprentice for Pendleton Winery. In the 1980s, he held wine-making positions at Hacienda Wine Cellars, D’Agostini Winery and Glen Ellen Winery. Charlie joined Cline Cellars in 2002 and is responsible for wine-making and production for the winery’s Cline, Oakley and Jacuzzi Family Vineyards brands.
Charlie often lets the grapes guide his style of wine-making. He works closely with the 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 wine-making skills to shepherd the wine towards 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.
Charlie is a professional wine judge, a member 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 and daughter and an assortment of animals.