Our Story

The journey in pursuit of dreams is met with obstacles, challenges and adventures.
The hummingbird is a symbol of the strength and hope that one must hold. While it is vital to reflect on our past, we must persist and focus on our ultimate destination. Crafting Fathia Wines is a realization of our vision. It is a story that is continuously evolving. It is our life’s journey.

Fathia means Victorious

 
     It all started in 2003, when Pedro graduated high school. He received his diploma and almost went directly to work for a winery during their bottling season.

 

     Two months later, he began working his first harvest and it became the initial start of his winemaking career. Something he didn’t think at that time would be his life’s journey.

 

     Over a decade later, in the Summer of 2014, Pedro was working as a sales representative when he decided to change careers and return to the wine industry. During a household party, he remembers listening to his family’s work experiences in the vineyards and wineries of Napa and Sonoma Valley.

 

He recalls one family story in particular.
One that captivated him.

 

     One of his older brothers said, “Each glass of wine comes with a story that’s not always told, it begins every year with the vineyard team pruning the vines”. He then added, “The winter workdays of standing and bending for hours with dry cracked hands, then in the summer while the sun is beaming on you”. He continued, “It’s tough out there, but we are dedicated to nurturing the vines until the grapes have been harvested”.

 

     Another brother said, “Then there are the stories of the winemaking team that receive the freshly harvested grapes.” “The mental stress and physical demand we go through to keep up with the grape supply schedule.” He extended, “We need to stay sharp while processing the fruit to keep juice loss to a minimum while assisting fermentations”. He finally added, “It’s a yearlong of focus and attention to care for the wine until it is bottled.”

 

     Once Pedro heard those details, he looked around and saw nods of confirmation, pride in his family’s eyes and raised a glass to celebrate life, health and the upcoming harvest.

 

     He felt a sudden urge to return to the wine industry and further learn the trade. He wanted to boost his appreciation level of commitment, passion and satisfaction his family has for the wine industry.

 

     Their lifelong dedication, that year after year and decade after decade, they still express their love and responsibility to the world-class wine growing regions of Napa and Sonoma Valley.

 

     Soon after, Pedro applied and landed a job as a harvest worker in a local winery. His job duties covered the whole spectrum of cellar work, which kept his high interest in learning. When the opportunity arose, he would seek answers about fermentation procedures. Why were some repetitive, but others were unique steps that helped him better understand this initial stage. In a short time, he adopted a fascination that quickly turned into an idea that he wanted to explore further.

 

      A year later, he applied with a winery based in Sonoma and soon after he received a call with the news that he was hoping for – an experienced position where he could help lead a small crew and even receive direct orders from the winemaker. That winery is Patz & Hall, a winery that produces some of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay around. He was thrilled and excited that he could continue adding valuable winemaking experience.

 

      Immediately following his first vintage there, he returned to Napa Valley College and began taking wine related courses. He wanted to better interpret his experiences in the cellar and develop them into winemaking skills. While in class, he united his passion of learning with a vision of one day- producing wine under his own label.

 

 

     In 2019, Pedro and his wife Jenny acquired Fathia Wines and continue to carry the torch for 1st-generation Mexican-American Vintners in California. They focus on producing premium, single-varietal and naturally fermented wines that boast elegance and balance in each bottle.

 

 

We invite you to join us in our life’s journey!

     After working several years in wine production, I have learned that winemaking is part science and part art.

We all have a story.

Our story is to craft Fathia Wines that celebrate our family’s effort, investment and dedication to the wine industry.

We all have challenges.
Ours is to stay focused, pursue our vision and not give up until we become victorious!
-Jenny & Pedro Rodriguez