What began as a hobby 129 years ago for his wine making great-grandfather has evolved into a life-long dream of a family business. Robert is a 4th generation winemaker. How many of us can say that?
Check in every month where we feature a new interview with our Temecula Valley winemakers and winery owners. You’ll learn where they came from before settling in Temecula, CA – and what keeps them passionate about the sometimes not-so-glamorous art (and science) of making good wine in California.
Interview with Winery Owner and Winemaker Robert Renzoni, Robert Renzoni Vineyards
Dream Big : Robert Renzoni, Robert Renzoni Vineyards 1. Robert… we know what got you into the business, but what got you to Temecula? My family has purchased fruit from the Rancho Cucamonga area for over 75 years. The first time my Dad visited the area he was just 9 years old! We used to buy juice and ship it back to New York by rail in railcars that usually carried milk. At that time, the area was among the largest winegrape growing regions in the United States. My family became very familiar with the area. Ultimately, my parents moved from Buffalo, NY to Carlsbad. At the time, I was living in LA. My Dad was really excited about having a wine country so close to home. We used to meet up in Temecula Valley wine country on Sunday afternoons. It struck us all almost immediately that ‘something’ was going on here! 2. Tell us what it’s really like to own a winery: Well, it’s certainly not all glitz and glamour like people think. It truly is a way of life. And it’s a tremendous amount of work; people have no idea how dirty I actually get. You really have to make a commitment of your time – and ALL of your resources. 3. So what motivates you to get out of bed in the morning? What’s the best part? I absolutely love creating. Every bottle of wine to me is like a song. I used to write and sing music as a creative outlet. Now I make wine. Each vintage and varietal are new and different and I’m thoroughly convinced that I will NEVER get bored doing this. And that’s the really fun part of what I get to do. 4. What’s the worst part? Definitely the 5am alarm each day. Ask me again in a year or so; after the effects of the construction project have worn off. It’s been a tough year trying to get this project completed. 5. So… if you could do it again, would you? Gosh, we just opened up our new Tasting Room Villa. It’s been a lot of work for someone like me who tends to be a perfectionist. But yeah, I guess I would. I’m just waiting for the fun to start!
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