Jacuzzi Family Vineyards
Italian immigrant Valeriano Jacuzzi purchased a 161 acre farm in 1921 in northern California. With the help of his older children, he planted part of the fields with grapevines; Zinfandel, Carignane, and Mourvedre. In 1936, he applied for a license to make wine for home consumption. Valeriano's brothers joined him in California and set their sights on places other than the wine business.
Deeply invloved in technological innovations, the Jacuzzi family spent time designing and piloting some of the world's first airplanes. Also, they are credited with the invention and manuracturing of the Jacuzzi whirlpool.
Today, the Jacuzzi Family Vineyards owns and farms grapes in three diverse growing regions of California; Oakley in Contra Costa Count, Carneros and Sonoma Coast in Sonoma County. A new winery is set to open in the spring of 2007 in the Carneros region. The new 18,000 square foot, rustic Italian stone structure is inspired by the Jacuzzi family home in Udine, Italy.
Jacuzzi Family Vineyards has been farming organically since 2000. By using zero pesticides, zero herbicides, and zero petroleum based fertalizers, Jacuzzi Family Vineyards developes healthy soil—supplying their vines with the water and nutrients they need.
Fred Cline--owner of Jacuzzi Family Vineyards and Cline Cellars in Sonoma, California--talks about getting his start wine making, his grandfather Valeriano Jacuzzi of hot tub fame, and how you can start a successful winery with $9,000.