Jacuzzi Winemaker Tom Gendall was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. He worked for notable wineries such as Pegasus Bay and Keller in Germany before moving to California in 2011. After a stint at Sojourn, Tom joined the Jacuzzi extended family in 2016 as Assistant Winemaker and in 2019 Tom became the head winemaker bringing amazing skill and curiosity to his winemaking approach. Tom brings a wonderful new energy to our team at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, and is excited to work with and show off the unique, heritage, Italian varieties that Jacuzzi has to offer.
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.
When Fred Cline was a young boy, he spent summers visiting his grandparents, who lived on a farm in Oakley, California. It was there that he learned both the love of agricultural life and winemaking, a love that would later allow him to obtain a degree in agriculture science and management from the University of California-Davis. He started Jacuzzi as a way to honor his Italian heritage.
When Fred Cline was a young boy, he spent summers visiting his grandparents, who lived on a farm in Oakley, California. It was there that he 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, Fred founded Cline Cellars near Oakley, California and in 1990, the winery was relocated to the Carneros region of Sonoma, California. 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.