In 1980, Napa Valley residents Jerry and Pat Taylor, along with their children Scott, Sandy, and Mike, took on the ultimate do-it-yourself project: converting ten acres of the family’s 23-acre ranch in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley to vineyard. This experience of the five family members, on their hands and knees planting and tending young vines, was a dream come true for Jerry, a fifth-generation Napa County resident who had grown up on his family’s farm.
As the vineyard grew and matured, so did the family tending it. The next generation, Sandy and her husband, Phil Carlson, were the driving force behind the creation of Taylor Family Vineyards as a wine brand. This next venture was a way to honor the family’s deep roots in the Napa farming community while keeping an eye to its future: creating a legacy by transforming the fruits of their labor into fine wine.
The inaugural vintage of Taylor Family Vineyards was the 2002. The winery now produces 1,000 cases of wine per year, which is available only through the winery.
And today, every member of the sixth and seventh generations of the Taylor family has helped out in the vineyard or with the winemaking—growing grapes and making wines as they try to live their lives: striving always for balance.
Marvin Sands founded Constellation Brands in 1945 as a small, family-owned wine company in Canandaigua, New York. Constellation Brands is the world’s leading premium wine company, with a widely admired portfolio that includes Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Blackstone, Estancia, Ravenswood, Jackson Triggs and Arbor Mist.