Winemaker/Director of Winemaking
Charlie Tsegeletos (pronounced Seg-uh-let-ose) was raised in northern
Tsegeletos often lets the grapes guide his style of winemaking. He works closely with 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 winemaking skills to shepherd the wine toward 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.
Tsegeletos is a professional wine judge, as well as president 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
When Fred was a young boy, he spent summers visiting his grandparents, who lived on a farm in Oakley, California. It was there that Cline learned both the love of agricultural life and the mysteries of vinifying grapes into wine, a love that would later allow him to obtain a degree in agriculture science and management from the University of California-Davis.
In 1982, with an inheritance from his grandfather, he founded Cline Cellars near Oakley, California and in 1991, the winery was relocated to the Carneros region of Sonoma, Calif. In 1994 the first Jacuzzi Family Vineyards wine was produced. Cline built the 18,000-square-foot winery across the street to Cline Cellars on Arnold Drive in Sonoma-Carneros and opened its doors in 2007.
Fred's innovation and experimentation has produced distinctive and rich wines for which he has garnered enormous acclaim.
Fred and Nancy reside in the town of Sonoma with their seven children.