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Cline CellarsCline Cellars

Cline Cellars, located in the Carneros region of Sonoma, is owned and operated by Fred and Nancy Cline. Established in 1982, Cline produces rich, intense Zinfandels and distinctive Rhône-style wines for which it has garnered enormous acclaim. The tasting room is located in a charming 1850s farmhouse surrounded by a wrap-around porch, spring-fed ponds, beautifully landscaped gardens, picnic areas, an Avian collection and the California Missions Museum.

Key People
Fred Cline:
Fred Cline’s maternal grandfather, Valeriano Jacuzzi of pump and spa fame, called Oakley home. On summer visits to his grandparents, Fred learned both the love of agricultural life and the mysteries of vinifying grapes into wine. This love led Fred to obtain a degree in Agriculture Science and Management from U.C. Davis.
In 1982, with an inheritance from his grandfather, Fred founded Cline Cellars near Oakley, California. Here, he preserved and restored many ancient vine sites to their rightful reign as premier California vine lands.
In 1991, Fred and his wife Nancy relocated the winery from Oakley to the Carneros region of Sonoma. This 350-acre estate with new vineyards and facilities is steeped with history (once the site of a Miwok village and the original last California Mission site before it was moved to the town of Sonoma). In the mid 1990s, Fred was presented an opportunity to purchase some property in Petaluma, a short distance as the crow flies from the winery. Fred quickly grasped that this was an area of unleashed potential. These vineyards, located in the Sonoma Coast appellation, are typically enshrouded in early morning coastal fog, bathed in intense midday heat and cooled by late afternoon Pacific breezes. With more than twice the annual rainfall of inland appellations, the region demands longer hang time to ripen the grapes.

Charlie Tsegeletos:
Charlie Tsegeletos was raised in Northern California by an Italian mom and a Greek dad. His interest in wine was inherited through his great grandfather, Guippe Guidotti who in the 1930s grew grapes and made wine in the Guerneville area of Sonoma County. Growing up, his family always had a bottle of wine on the table.

In 1979, Charlie earned his degree in Agricultural Science and Management/Plant Science from the University of California at Davis and began his winemaking career in 1980 at the age of 24 as an apprentice for Pendleton Winery. In 1981, he joined Hacienda Wine Cellars as Assistant Winemaker in Sonoma and in 1984 assumed the role of Winemaker at D’Agostini Winery. Charlie joined Glen Ellen Winery in 1987 as Senior Director of Winemaking when it was owned by the Benzigers then ultimately sold to UDV. There he crafted his blending skills and the effects it had on wine. Charlie joined Cline Cellars in 2002 and is responsible for winemaking and production for the winery’s Cline, Oakley and Jacuzzi Family Vineyard brands.

Charlie often lets the grapes guide his style of winemaking. He works closely with the vineyard managers to ensure that varietals are planted in locations that will provide optimal acid and sugar levels and express true varietal characteristics. He then hones his winemaking skills to shepherd the wine towards his chosen style. His red wines are big and dark with lots of fruit concentration and delicate oak nuances; white wines are bright and fresh.

Special Offers for ZAP Members

Wine Purchase Discount at Winery:
15% on cases
15% on bottles
* This discount only applies to tasting room WINE purchases. There will be NO merchandise discounts.

24737 Arnold Drive
Sonoma, CA 95476
Phone: 707-940-4030
for contact information go to our website

Winery Founded: 1991
Winery Location Region: Sonoma Valley
Winery Open for Tasting: Yes
Winery Charges for Tasting: No
Retail Sales at Winery: Yes
Offers Online Sales: Yes
   * Check out our website for limitations.
Has a Wine Club: Yes
      When you join a Cline Cellars wine club, we invite you to become a member of our extended family. In addition to the opportunity to collect California Zinfandels and Rhône-style wines at discounted prices, we hope that you’ll make a point of joining us for our exclusive members’ only events and tastings for which Cline is so well known. And once you’re a member of the family, we hope you’ll pass the invitation along. You can enroll a friend or family member with a gift membership by simply providing us with the recipients shipping address and your billing information.
      In addition to special club benefits, all club members will receive:
       * Complimentary reserve tastings
       * Invitations to special events
       * Discount on Winemaker Dinners
       * Quarterly newsletters
      THE PENDULUM CLUB: provides you the opportunity to collect California Zinfandels and Rhône-style wines at discounted prices, as well as participate in exciting events and exclusive tastings for members only. As a Pendulum Club member, you may also specify whether you would like to receive only red wines or both red and white wines.
       * Quarterly wine shipments (two bottles per shipment)
       sent January, April, July and October averaging $40.00
       plus shipping
       * 20% discount on all purchases in the Tasting Room with
       your Pendulum Club membership card
       * 25% discount on the purchase of two or more cases of
      THE HALF SWING: allows you to enjoy all the benefits of the Pendulum Club but offers more fabulous Cline wines (six bottles quarterly) and big discounts.
       * Quarterly wine shipments (6 bottles per shipment) sent
       March, June, September and December averaging $115.00
       plus shipping
       * 25% discount on wines and on most items in the Tasting
       Room with your Half Swing membership card
       * 30% discount on purchases of two or more cases
      THE FULL SWING: allows you to enjoy all the benefits of the Pendulum Club but offers a case of fabulous Cline wines quarterly, big discounts and a price break in shipping.
       * Quarterly wine shipments (12 bottles per shipment)
       sent February, May, August and November averaging
       $190.00 plus shipping
       * 25% discount on wines and on most items in the Tasting
       Room with your Full Swing membership card
       * 30% discount on purchases of two or more cases
       * Discounted rate on shipping
      If you have any questions about which one would be best for you, please call us at (707) 940-4027.

Offers Winery Tours: By Appt. Only
Offers Vineyard Tours: By Appt. Only
Food Available at Winery: Yes
   * Limited snack items are available for purchase in our tasting room.
Has a Picnic Area: Yes
   * Enjoy a picnic on our lush green lawns, by one of the six spring-fed ponds, surrounded by the glorious fragrant blossoms of over 5,000 rose bushes, dozens of rustling willow trees and ever-changing gardens. And visit the California Missions Museum while you’re at Cline. Open daily from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm during the school year and 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in the summer.

Offers a Meet the Winemaker Tour: No
Offers a Barrel Tasting: No

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