Fred Cline, founder of Cline Cellars spent summers on his old-world working ways of teasing magic from the soil. And grandfather’s farm in Oakley, California learning the those magical summers stayed with Cline over the years. In 1982, Cline embarked on a mission; to bring Rhone-style wines to American dinner tables.
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This process wasn’t easy. It meant restoring vines that were decades old, some over 100 years. Cline Cellars started producing Mourvedre, Carignane, Marsanne, Roussane and Viognier. They also planted acres of what would become legendary Cline Cellars Zinfandel. In 1993, the Cline’s moved the winery to a 350-acre ranch in the famed Carneros Valley in Sonoma County.