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

 
    In the summer of 2014, I was working as a sales representative when I decided to change careers and return to the wine industry. During a family party, I remember listening to stories about work. Things my family continue to experience in both the vineyards and in wineries. I recall as one of my brothers said,

 

    “Each glass of wine comes with a story that’s not always mentioned. Every year, it begins with the team of vineyards workers with the pruning of the vines until the fruit is harvested.” He then continued, “The story of the winemaking team that receive and process the grapes and focus all their attention in caring for the wine.”

 

    Once I heard the details, I became hooked! I knew I had to return to the wine industry and further learn the trade so I could feel the same level of appreciation, passion and pride my family has. Their lifelong dedication, that year after year and decade after decade, they still express their love and commitment to these world-class wine growing regions of Napa and Sonoma Valley.

 

    Soon after, I applied and landed a job as a harvest worker in a Napa winery. My job duties covered the whole spectrum of cellar work.  My interest in learning kept me focused and observant to what was happening around me. When the opportunity arose, I would seek answers about the procedures used in winemaking. These repetitive, but unique steps helped me better understand the early stages of winemaking. In a short time, I began to figure out why particular methods are dependent on the type of grape. My return to the winery scene quickly turned into an idea that I wanted to explore further.

 

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

 

    Immediately following my first vintage, I returned to Napa Valley College and began taking wine related courses. I wanted to interpret my experience in winemaking and develop my skills with additional knowledge. Almost instantly, I united a passion of winemaking with a vision of producing wine under my own label.
The rest is all history.

    After working several years in wine production, I have learned that winemaking is part science and part art. We all have a story. My story is to craft Fathia wine that shows the appreciation of hard work, effort and dedication my family has put into this industry. We all have challenges, mine is to not give up until I reach victory.

 

Pursue your vision, stay focused and don’t stop until you become victorious!
-Jenny & Pedro Rodriguez