Fontanella Family

"The most humbling and unexpected part of building a winery is that we are crafting something associated with happiness, togetherness, extra-special memories, and major life and family celebrations. I am grateful everyday to be part of our wine families’ lives in such a special way." Karen Fontanella

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"This experience was the highlight of our trip! Thank you Jeff, Karen, Jennifer and Rachel (We were fortunate to meet all of you)! We feel extremely lucky to have discovered your wine - and so excited to be a part of your wine club. We will be back and recommending you to others! Cheers!"
-Susan and Phil Jirsa

"Fontanella was the first winery we ever visited in Napa and was that a fortunate find. In fact, on our second trip, we made sure Fontanella was the first stop again. Not only is the wine excellent, but Jeff and Karen have built a warm, friendly atmosphere to spend time sampling their creations. We've been wine club members for five years and look forward to each shipment. The wine is too good to hoard, so most of our bottles get opened with friends and a few become gifts for holidays and special occasions. We can't wait for the next trip!"
-Scott and Julie Stevenson

"From my very first visit to Fontanella in 2008, I knew this hidden gem wouldn't be a secret for long. There is serenity about this picturesque winery, nestled perfectly in the microclimate on Mt. Veeder. Inside this small family winery, Jeff Fontanella is creating spectacular wine. So spectacular that I never wanted to leave! I immediately joined the wine club because I thought it would be a great way to stay connected to everything happening at Fontanella. Each quarter I look forward to receiving my club shipment and the recipe included with the tasting notes! Membership also gives me access to exclusive wines that are only offered to club members. My favorite thing to do when a club shipment arrives is share a bottle with a friend who has never tried Fontanella before. And now the secret is out!"
-Kristine DeKlotz

"When we get a shipment from Fontanella, normally the first thing we do is try a bottle and then order more! While we enjoy all of the Fontanella wines, we especially look forward to the offering of the unique varietal he offers each year-the Portmanteau, Petite Sirah and the Santo Di Ladro. We really like Jeff's work blending the Zins and Petites. If I had one word of advice for club members, I would tell them to order more of that one offering each year even if they haven't tried it yet. These wines are typically fantastic and get gobbled up in a hurry after the offering. I reordered the Petite 2-3 times and made the mistake of waiting to re-order the Santo Di Ladro. I was able to get a few bottles and then it was gone!"
-Jim and Jennifer Hughes

"We were introduced to Fontanella in August of 2009….Mike and I agree it was one of the best experiences we have had at a winery! …. We met you [Karen], Jeff and Stacey and have loved all of the wine we have received ever since! Originally, we joined the 3 bottles/shipment wine club, but after visiting again in 2013 and introducing our friend….we bumped our membership to 6 bottles. This year, after we received our first shipment we were so impressed, we bought an additional case of the 2012 Cab (earthquake survivors!!!). Your story and fortitude makes us want to support you and your business venture! Mike remembers the first time we visited, you didn't even have your own grapes!!! But Jeff was determined it would be so! We are so happy to be a part of it!"
-Janet Kendall

-Karen McClung