Flying over Hawaii in 1974, Emil Tedeschi was struck by the thought
that the Islands lacked even a single winery. Having come from a
winemaking family in Calistoga, California, he set about correcting the
breach. Emil partnered with C. Pardee Erdman and began to make
pineapple and grape wines. Today, MauiWine produces 30,000 cases
of mostly pineapple wine and is still the only winery on Maui.
Almost 20 years later, Emil returned with his wife and two sons, Emilio
and Mario, to Napa Valley’s Calistoga appellation, where he was born.
Emil worked as a vineyard manager and consultant in the area and
replanted two-acres of walnuts with Cabernet Sauvignon on his
family’s farm. In 2005, he opened Tedeschi Family Winery, making
artisanal wines as his grandfather had done when he immigrated to
the area in 1919 and what his father had done later.
Today, Emil’s young sons Emilio and Mario run the business. Mario
accompanied his father to the various Napa vineyards that his father
managed and today handles the estate vineyard. He works with fellow
winemaker David Sundberg, Mario steeped in generational, hands-on
knowledge and David a master of the science. Emilio, with a degree in
wine business from Sonoma State University runs the business.
The Tedeschi Family Winery invites you to join Emilio Tedeschi and
Stephanie Trotter-Zacharias on a voyage up the beautiful Rhone River
Valley from Burgundy into Provence. Join us!