Chuck Custodio (Winemaker/Owner) left the corporate world to study the art and science of winemaking. For four years, he commuted from San Francisco to the top of the Napa Valley, driving four hours per day to learn the trade. Friends began to comment on his dedication: “you’re crazy!,” and “I’d never do that!” Chuck began his career in the wine industry at a some of Napa’s finest boutique wineries (Vincent Arroyo, Storybook Mountain and Pena).
“Learn by doing” is his mantra. Due to his diligence, he was rewarded by the creation of Trahan Winery, and the release of his first vintage – 200 cases of 2002 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – released at his June 19, 2004 wedding to his wife Janna. Keeping in line with his family’s background of dedication to superior farming (Chuck’s family on his Father’s side were migrant farm workers) and winemaking (Chuck’s family on his Mother’s side, the Trahan’s, were grape growers and winemakers way back when in France ), Chuck continues to strive for excellence in the wines he brings to the oenophile’s world with unparalleled passion.