Gary and Marlene spent most of their working life moving around the country in corporate jobs. Gary was in manufacturing, mostly in the packaging industry, managing plants for companies like Proctor and Gamble and Crown Zellerback. Marlene was in high tech working for IBM and retiring early as an EVP with Hitachi Data Systems. They spent their down time at their house on the coast, boating and traveling the world. Raising avocados and grapes was not part of their long term plan.
They came to De Luz by accident and fell in love with the area while driving down the winding roads through stands of oak trees and avocado groves. They kept coming back and slowly a new vision of their future was formed. They found the perfect property high on a hill with expansive views to the west and south. Only twelve miles from the ocean, the coastal climate, with its cool evenings and morning fog, surprised them.
In keeping with the area, they planted avocados, but felt that the climate and soil would also be good for wine grapes. So, working with local viticulture experts from the Temecula Wine Country eight acres of Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Pinot Noir were planted. While selling their grapes to local wineries, Gary and Marlene began holding some back to make wine for friends and family in their barn using an antique press, horse troughs and used barrels. Everyone loved the results, so they decided to become the first 'micro-winery' in De Luz.
Woodworth Vineyards is a family affair. Marlene's Mom and Dad have a house on the property and daughters Toni and Tiffani along with three granddaughters and a grandson are frequent visitors and great farm workers. You can find them weeding and planting in the garden, as well as playing with the dogs, climbing the big rocks and swinging on the tire swing.
Their dogs are such a big part of the family that three Woodworth wines are named after Angus (black Lab), Maggie (Ridgeback/Mastiff), Bandit (Chihuahua Mix) and Sophie (Bichon). Hercules' wine will be coming next year.
Here's a video that tells the story of Woodworth Vineyards...
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