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, Pedro was working as a sales representative when he decided to change careers and return to the wine industry. During a family party, he remembers listening to work related stories. Experiences his family have dealt with while working in the vineyards and wineries.

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

     An older brother said, “Each glass of wine comes with a story that’s not always told. Every year, it begins with the team of vineyards workers pruning the vines”. He then continued, “The long hours, standing in the cold winter. Through the hot summer, standing and bending while the sun is beaming on you”. He then added, “It’s tough, but we wouldn’t be satisfied until the fruit was harvested.”

     He paused and continued, “Then there is the story of the winemaking team that receive the grapes. The stressful long days in the cellar to help minimize juice loss and process the fruit on time. He finally added, “The yearlong effort of focusing our attention in caring for the wine until it’s bottled.”

     Once Pedro heard those details, he looked around and saw the pride in his family’s eyes. He felt an urge and an instant calling! He knew he had to return to the wine industry and further learn the trade so he could feel the same level of appreciation, passion and pride his 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, Pedro applied and landed a job as a harvest worker in a Napa winery. His job duties covered the whole spectrum of cellar work and his interest in learning kept him focused and observant to what was happening around him. When the opportunity arose, he would seek answers about the procedures used in winemaking. Some repetitive, but unique steps helped him better understand the stages of fermentation. In a short time, he began to remember and figure out why particular methods are dependent on the type of grape. His return to the winery scene 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 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 company that produces some of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Napa and Sonoma. 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 experience in the cellar and develop his skills with this additional knowledge. Almost instantly, he united his passion of learning with a vision of producing wine under his own label.

 

The rest is all history. Come and see what’s happening now!

     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