- Celebrating Generations -
Herencia; Heritage, noun.
GUILLERMO HERRERA, FOUNDER AND OWNER
Guillermo is the son of a grape harvester. His mother, an immigrant from Zacatecas, Mexico, kept a roof over her family’s head by working long hours in the vineyards of Napa County. Their lives weren’t easy, but her struggle to put food on the table remained an eternal example for Guillermo that hard work and sacrifice were the only means to success.
In 1997, Guillermo married Angelica, a Mexican-American from Napa Valley with roots in Guadalajara. Her parents were local vineyard managers, and Guillermo aspired to follow in their footsteps. In 2007, he started a farming company that gradually led to vineyard management, and in 2012, Guillermo and Angelica began using their hard-won skill set to make their own wine.
Herencia del Valle Wines is the story of Mexican migrants who prune the grapes in the icy winters and then harvest them in the blazing hot summers. The brand is a tribute to our ancestors who paved the way for us to open our own vineyards, in the vicinity of the ones where they toiled just to make ends meet. Our success belongs only to us, created solely by hard work and the resilience of those who raised us.
THE BALLET FOLKLORICO LOGO
The Herencia Del Valle logo is passionately dedicated to the Ballet Folklorico tradition, and especially, his daughter learning this decades-old cultural tradition passed down from her mother, grandmothers, and Mexican culture. To us, the word Herencia means dedication to your family and legacy.
Hand-crafted wines, a few barrels at a time.
CHARLES KELLER, WINEMAKER
Life is choices... a phrase we have all heard more than once. In Charles Kellers’ case, getting into the wine business occurred after several other choices became less interesting as he entered his 40's.
Charles resided in New Jersey with his wife Cynthia where wine was a pleasure but not a vocation. It was when they committed to marriage that they also knew they were ready to invest in love, wine, and, thus their journey began. Like Lewis and Clark, they packed up their few worldly possessions and their journey took them to Napa Valley, where Charles pursued and completed his degree in Viticulture and Enology while also working for several great winemakers, and Cynthia worked her way into the sales, marketing and production project management aspect of the wine business. Charles is also the Managing Partner of Charthia Cellars.