Ben and Jake, sons of Bobby and Sheila Fetzer, grew up on the Home Ranch, a property developed by grandparents Barney and Kathleen Fetzer with the help of their 11 children. Riding on dirt roads in pick-up trucks. Driving the tractor in dad’s lap. Eating grandmother’s cookies in her big kitchen. Making mischief. Playing musical instruments for fun. Hanging out at the winery’s crush pad to watch the grape trucks unload. “We learned that with hard, honest work and diligence, you can achieve your dreams,” says Jake.
One of their father’s favorite sayings was “If you live on a ranch, you work on a ranch.” The boys remember working in the vineyards when they were in the 5th grade. They pulled leaves on four acres of chardonnay and two acres of cabernet sauvignon near their grandmother’s house. By the 8th grade, they were making wine: a blend of cabernet sauvignon and sangiovese.