In his early 20’s, Charles began exploring and sampling various wines while living in New Jersey and working in the auto industry. Years later, as his passion for wines continued to grow, he decided to follow his dream and earn a degree in Viticulture and Enology. Thus, in August 2005, he and his wife Cyndi, along with their two dogs, Caymus and Tucker, began their journey to Napa Valley.
While pursuing his degree, Charles had the good fortune to also be employed at several renowned wineries in Napa Valley including Robert Mondavi, Raymond, Rudd, and Jessup Cellars, where he played an integral part in their production and winemaking. Charles attributes his knowledge and skills not only to his time devoted to academics but also to his association with prominent winemakers in the Valley. This combination has allowed him to produce outstanding premium wines and become a superior winemaker, but not without hard work and determination.
In 2008 Charles and Cynthia began Charthia Cellars in their garage. With this first successful “homemade” vintage, they knew it was time to move forward with a more formal, luxury- based wine brand. Thus today, they are pleased to share their prized wines with the public.
Outside of managing/owning The Charthia Group LLC and providing consulting services to other wineries, Charles experiences the joys of life. In his spare time, Charles enjoys barbequing, hiking with his Standard Parti Poodle, Maya, listening to music, and sharing precious time with his family. Of course, keeping up to date on the newest innovations in the winemaking industry is a constant in his life. One of his favorite moments is when he can speak one-on-one with a “newbie” about wines/winemaking. It is here that his love and passion for wine blossom.
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