Joe and Sherry Cotta, Joe A. Cotta Vineyards, Inc. – Galt, CA

Grows: CK Mondavi Chardonnay, CK Mondavi Pinot Grigio, CK Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon

The story of Joe and Sherry Cotta’s family is a testament to the American dream. Joe’s grandfather emigrated to the U.S. from the Azores at the young age of 18. After working many years in the cattle business, Joe’s grandfather saved enough money to purchase the land that makes up Joe A. Cotta Vineyards. Joe and Sherry have been married for 40 years and raised their 5 children on the ranch. Today, Joe, Sherry and their youngest daughter run the 550 acres of certified sustainable vineyards. The family considers themselves a steward of the land, paying close attention to the habitat, as well as the vines. The Cottas have been growing grapes for CK Mondavi for more than 5 years and they enjoy the close relationship they have with the Mondavi family, working hand-in-hand with John Moynier and Marc Mondavi to produce the American-grown grapes that make up CK Mondavi wines.

Photo: Joe and Sherry Cotta with their daughter
Photo Credit: Bob McClenahan