"The journey of every wine begins in the vineyard, with the grape. The beauty of every wine is crafted from the souls and hands of those who tend the vineyards, pick the grapes, and cultivate the nectar. Just as every family is crafted from the souls and hands of those who recognize opportunity, take risks, work from dawn to dusk, and share their wisdom". ~The Puentes Family
This is a heart-warming story and acknowledgement of a father lost too early. Miriam Puentes and her husband, Juan Jose Puentes, founded Honrama Cellars for a courageous man who sought to make a better life for himself and his family. Honorio Ramirez-Mata came to the United States from Mexico as a young man with hope in his heart and a dream that his family would have opportunity for the future.
He and his wife worked in the fields of Napa Valley for many years tending to vineyards. A very loyal and hard worker, Honorio eventually worked his way out of the fields and into the cellar as foreman for Caymus Vineyards.
The dream was ultimately fulfilled in 2011 with the launch of Honrama Cellars, a name combining the first few letters of his full name – Honorio Ramirez Mata.
HONRAMA reflects the bond of respect and admiration between generations. From the soul of a great man whose quest for a better life for his family brought him to Napa Valley working to tend the vineyards and harvest the fruit, to the souls of his children and grandchildren who lovingly make the wine. Read more about Miriam and her father's story on The Daily Flight Blog.
Honrama Cellars is a proud member of the Mexican American Vintners Association (MAVA), an organization celebrating wines produced by Latino vintners, providing educational scholarships to Latino youth, advocating quality standards for our members, and supporting the contributions of Latinos in the wine industry.
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