Stella Fino's first vintage was 2005.
Rebecca Bertrand, Sales & Events Coordinator:
"Hailing from Surrey, England, I eventually found myself in beautiful Sonoma, California working with the Sonoma Mission Inn and the local wineries. The amazing climate along with the fantastic wines were not the only thing to fall in love with, as this is where I met my husband! We later found ourselves along with our two wonderful children in the great Northwest and more to the point Hood River, where the true love affair began with Stella Fino. I consider myself extremely lucky to be part of a truly phenomenal product.
Stephen Schneider, Wines Sales Consultant:
You'll meet Stephen if you stop by the tasting room on Sundays. He is the newest member to the Stella Fino crew -- more information on Stephen coming soon!
Matt Steiner, Owner / Winemaker and Marlene Steiner, Owner / Marketing:
Matt spent much of his life with family in the Bronx, New York, where his great-grandmother, Stella Fino, settled after immigrating from Italy. With her came plenty of Italian traditions in the way of food and wine and much of Matt's culinary and wine influences came from his family. When he re-united with his other half, Marlene, they decided to take their combined interest in wine and move West in 2004 to get involved in the wine industry.
They met at Fairfield University, in Fairfield, Connecticut, where Matt was an Economics major and Marlene was an International Business major. After college, they parted ways but found each other again two years later. Both had ended up working in Manhattan; Matt in Finance and Marlene on Wall Street. Realizing they needed a change of pace, they quit their jobs and packed all of their belongings into a recently purchased car. They headed West and haven't looked back!
Both have day jobs and keep themselves busy with the winery and making plans to plant their 35 acres with vineyard. The vineyard will grow to be an integral part of their business, as both believe the vineyard will lead to truly unique wines. More information on the vineyard will come with time.