Our Family

Emil, Elaine, Mario, Emilio, and (Aunt) Frances Tedeschi

Emil, Elaine, Mario, Emilio, and (Aunt) Frances Tedeschi

Emil Tedeschi, Founder & Winemaker Emeritus

Emil was born in the Calistoga Hospital and raised on the current winery estate.  In his early 20’s, with a thirst for adventure, he traveled the globe and landed in Hawaii. There he, along with Pardee Erdman dreamt of the possibilities and cofounded Tedeschi Vineyards, Maui Wine that is still active and famous for both still wine and sparkling wine made from pineapple.  In 1991 Emil returned to Napa Valley and his childhood home along with a new wife and family. He planted the estate’s first commercial vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, a departure from the family's walnut and fruit orchards. Today, he is our Winemaker Emeritus as the two oldest of his children have inherited his dream of an artisan winery, producing old world style wines, with techniques passed from generation to generation.  When you visit the winery, you may likely meet Emil in the family gardens or tending to his bee hives.

Emilio Tedeschi, MBA - General Manager

Emilio was born in Hawaii on the island of Maui, and moved to Calistoga at 3 years old as fourth generation and ultimately, steward to the family homestead and winery dream.  Having graduated high school with honors here in Napa, Emilio attended Gonzaga University in Washington state, where he completed a degree in B.S. Biochemistry. Today, Emilio is realizing his own dream as well as his father’s after recently completing his MBA in Wine Business from Sonoma State University. You can meet Emilio in the winery office or more likely the Tasting Room as he is a vital part of all aspects of the winery and sincerely enjoys sharing the wine with visitors. 

Mario Tedeschi - Winemaker & Vineyard Manager

Mario was even younger than his brother when he came back to Calistoga.  He too, grew up in this small farming community but unlike Emilio, Mario felt his wings spread right here at home, in the vineyards.  Mario is a farmer at heart like his father, grandfather and great-grandfather before him.  Mario learned winemaking alongside his father, absorbing generations of winemaking skills and techniques starting at a very early age. Today, Mario farms several of the vineyards supplying grapes for Tedeschi Family wines along with his father’s Cabernet vineyard.  Mario is often happy to speak with visitors as they pass him on the winery’s crush pad or while he is passing them on the tractor heading to the vineyard.

Aunt Fran Tedeschi - Director of 'Estate Aestetics'

Frances Tedeschi was born and raised here in Calistoga, along with her brother. She has enjoyed traveling and living in exotic and exciting places like San Francisco but has retired to the family homestead here in Calistoga.  Today, you can find “Aunt” Fran directing “aesthetics” around the estate, arranging flower bouquets to adorn the tasting room and organizing trays of delectable offerings to accompany our wines at special, onsite events. In recognition of Aunt Fran’s contributions, Emilio and Mario create a wine each year and name it “Aunt Fran’s Pick”, expressive of the lively character and lightheartedness she brings to our family daily, through her bright floral arrangements, and authentic Italian cooking. 

David Sundberg, Winemaker

Our Winemaker, David Sundberg, has been making wine since the late 90's. Passionate about all things culinary, he first studied to become a chef before finding his way to winemaking. David received a Winemaking degree from California State University Fresno, and following graduation, honed his winemaking skills at Ste. Michelle Estates Elara, Conn Creek, and Villa Mt. Eden in Mendocino and Napa. He moved to Chile to become Winemaker at a small family owned winery in the Maipo Valley. Upon returning to California, he began consulting and making wines with William Knuttel, including Ottimino and William Knuttel Wines. In 2010 David began consulting here at Tedeschi Family Winery, helping us with harvests, and has overseen our growth in wine production over the subsequent years. In addition to helping craft our family wines, he is also a talented chef and cooks for many of our special events and dinners here at the winery. His style of winemaking is along our own, believing that wines should be well balanced and bespeak of their respective variety.

Stephanie Trotter-Zacharia, Director of Sales

The youngest of sixteen kids, Stephanie left her home in Philadelphia en route to Alaska at the ripe old age of 18. She knew instantly, crossing over the Golden Gate that she was home.  She took her first position in Napa Valley’s wine industry in 1995 at Clos Pegase Winery in the tasting room.  After a couple of years, she moved to a cellar position at Dutch Henry Winery, and four years later, to Casa Nuestra where she acted as Marketing/Hospitality Director and Apprentice Winemaker for ten years. She transitioned to David Fulton Winery in St. Helena to help put together a tasting room and wine club while helping in the production. In fall of 2013 Stephanie joined our family here at Tedeschi, where she began building our Wine Club and continues to oversee Marketing operations. You can find her and her trusty dog, Chance most days hanging out in our tasting room, showing folks around - explaining the wine making process, pouring wines and keeping our wine club in order. 

Ashley Ford, Wine Club Concierge

Ashley came to us at the introduction of her father, a longtime friend and fan of Tedeschi wines.  Born in Texas, Ashley’s parents moved her and her family to Napa Valley when she turned 9 years old. Spreading her wings, Ashley moved to Colorado and started Agricultural Science courses at Mesa University before returning to complete her Degree in Viticulture at Napa Valley College in 2015. Initially, she was prepping lab samples and working with an accounting department at a local wine lab, until we realized her bright personality needed to be here. Starting in March of 2016, Ashley is now pouring wine and giving both fun & educational tours to visitors as well as helping Tedeschi Family Wine Club members make the most of their visits to wine country with her insider tips on where to stay, eat, and see.