After majoring in Viticulture and Enology at the University of California at Davis, Jeff completed his first harvest at Opus One in 1998 – and he’s been making wine in the Napa Valley ever since. When the Fontanellas opened their own winery in 2008, Jeff brought the experience he’d accumulated over his years spent at Opus One, ZD, and Saddleback to bring his own dream to fruition. Today, he shepherds the grapes from bud-break to bottle, crafting wines in his own signature style: wines that are approachable, balanced, and premium – without pretense.
It was a twist of fate that we were lucky enough to bring Hobie into our family in the Summer of 2019. A pedigreed Golden Retriever, her genuine grin and endearing nudges are irresistible. She is truly the heart of our wine family.
Trigger is Hobie’s half-sister, and where Hobie is sweet and mellow, Trigger is a spitfire! Named both for her front white paw (her trigger finger!) and her spunk, you’ll find her getting into everything she shouldn’t!
Meet Piper – or, as we call her, the Tiny Dictator. Don’t let her size or her demure personality fool you…she quickly became the alpha in our house when she joined us in the summer of 2016 (she even bosses Jeff around!).