Mexican-American Vintners

June 30, 2011

Martha and Amelia Ceja of Ceja Vineyards /Michelle Locke

A new group has launched in wine country, the Napa Valley Mexican-American Vintners Association. This is a nonprofit group with the aim of promoting its members wines and supporting the community’s efforts through marketing, scholarships, etc.

Founding members include Alex Sotelo Cellars, Fernando Candelario, Ceja Vineyards, Encanto Vineyards, Maldonado Vineyards, Mi Sueño Winery, Rios Wine Company, Robledo Winery, and Volcan.

The group will celebrate its launch with a Bautizo (christening) on July 30 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Maldonado Vineyards. Tickets are $85 in advance, for more information go here.

The first president of NAMAVA is Rolando Herrera, owner of Mi Sueno Winery. Herrera makes good wine and he’s also a cool guy. I first wrote about him back in 2003, shortly after his chardonnay had been poured at the White House for a state dinner with Vicente Fox, then president of Mexico.

That was one of those rare stories that really do write themselves; you just have to get out of the way and let the words unfold. This was how it began: “Rolando Herrera washed dishes, broke rocks and sometimes slept in his car in his struggle to become a winemaker. Naming his wine was easy: Mi Sueno, my dream.”



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