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Ceja Vineyards – Latino immigrant family acheiving the American

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In celebration of Cinco de Mayo and Mexican heritage in the United
States, I proudly introduce you to Ceja Vineyards, a story of how a family from Mexico
pursued their dreams in the wine industry.

After many years in the brasero work program, Pablo Ceja, his wife
Juanita and their six children said goodbye to their friends and family
in their small village in Mexico in 1967 and immigrated to America to
work in the vineyards of Napa Valley. As the family worked and grew in
Napa Valley, Juanita constantly encouraged her children to follow their
dreams and go to college. Their sons, Pedro and Armando pursued their
dreams, Pedro in engineering and Armando in enology and viticulture.
Pedro married his love Amelia Moran Fuentes in 1980. As they began
their own family, they were also focused on the common family goal to
buy land and grow grapes in Napa Valley. In 1983 Pedro and Amelia,
Armando, and Pablo and Juanita pooled their resources and purchase 15
acres in Carneros.
Pedro and Armando inherited their parents’ strong work ethic and
love of the land. Armando became a respected vineyard manager in the
valley but never lost sight of the family plan. With their first
harvest of Pinot Noir from their Carneros property in 1988, they
celebrated with family and friends
The Ceja Vineyards wine
label came on the scene in 2001. The Ceja family now has 113 acres of
rich vineyard land, produces over 10,000 cases, and the second and
third generations of the family are active in leadership of the
enterprise. Amelia Ceja is President of Ceja Vineyards, the first
Mexican-American woman to be President of a wine company in the history
of New World wines. “The success of Ceja Vineyards is due to my
family’s collective effort,” says Amelia.
Ariel Ceja, son of Pedro and Amelia and General Manager of Ceja
Vineyard has inherited the work ethic and drive of his parents and
grandparents, adding his own touch to the family enterprise, whether it
is salsa dancing at the tasting room Saturday nights, new Web 2.0
technologies to reach a growing young market, or the soon to be
introduced online, bicultural cooking show.
Ariel states, “We focus on wines we enjoy. Food and wine are
important to my family. My mom’s cooking skills are famous and my uncle
handcrafts wines that will pair well with her cuisine. Ceja wines have
moderate levels of alcohol, none are over 14%, and pair well with
foods, bringing out the flavors of the food and the wine without being
Armando and his team match vines to the Terroir, growing each
variety in the areas where it does best. The fruit is handled gently to
create a collection of handcrafted wines. This drive for excellence is
reflected in the trademark of Ceja Vineyards vinum, cantus, amor
wine, song love.
2006 Ceja Vino de Casa White Blend – this is a
blend of Pinot Grigio, Semillon and Viognier from Napa Valley that has
the aroma of honeydew melon, almond and baked apple pie that leads to
flavors on the palate of citrus blossom with mineral and flinty
2007 Ceja Sauvignon Blanc from the Sonoma Coast
ruby grapefruit and key lime aromas are powerful on the nose. On the
palate the tartness of citrus and tropical fruits leap into your mouth.
2006 Ceja Pinot Noir – you will enjoy the fresh
floral aroma mixed with ripe red plum and black cherry blossoms. The
balanced mixture of soft tannins with layers of textures emphasizes the
medley of dark berry, herb and spice flavors in the mouth
For more info: Ceja Vineyards

Ceja Vineyards

Ceja Vineyards is an ultra premium Latino family owned winery in
the Napa Valley. It was founded by Amelia, Pedro, Armando and Martha
Ceja – Mexican-American immigrants.The Ceja’s dedication to
sustainable agriculture and the gentle handling of the grapes in the
cellar can be tasted in every sip of their award-winning Pinot Noir,
Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and two
Vino de Casa blends.These are estate grown wines that are
fabulous by themselves and delicious with your favorite dishes. Try
Chardonnay with lightly grilled oysters and salsa de tomatillo, Pinot
Noir with ceviche de salmón, Cabernet Sauvignon with chocolates, and
Syrah with almond infused flan. 

Ceja wines can be purchased
over the Internet at http://www.cejavineyards.com, or, by phone at
707-255-3954. Enjoy with family and friends. ¡Salud!

Wine Label   <br/>for Ceja Vineyards

Winery Contact:

Website: http://www.cejavineyards.com
Phone: (707) 255-3954
Email: wine@cejavineyards.com
Hours: Daily 12:00pm – 6:00pm & Saturdays until 11:00pm


1248 First Street
Napa, CA 94559

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