Courtesy of Founder Peter Tonti, Tonti Family Wines
After a lifetime of dreaming about being in the wine business and making world class wine, it finally came true for me in the 2014 when we established Tonti Family Wines in the beautiful Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. I was raised in an Italian family in the Midwest where my father made his red wine with his old hand cranked press and barrels in the basement. Moving to California in the early 50’s brought me that much closer to where really great wines come from.
Opportunities usually come when you can least afford to take advantage of them. But not so this time. This time in gratitude for a favor I did for someone some fifteen years earlier, I was offered the chance to invest in my own winery operation. As a senior citizen I wondered, should I take this kind of a risk? Am I willing to work that hard? A business startup at my age, seventies, would require more work than I had done for years. But, since it had been on my bucket list for so long, I said to myself, if not now, when? It was not a mistake. Yes, I work hard, but if you love what you do, it isn’t work.
The moral of the story is, if you have a dream, follow it. We only go around once.
Angel Note: Find Tonti Family Wines' 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel from Russian River Valley on our website beginning June 12, 2017. Proceeds from each sale will support the cause of your choice.