Napa Valley AVA
Charles and Cynthia, blending in the art of winemaking
Charles Keller was living in New Jersey with his wife Cynthia where wine was a pleasure but not a vocation. Over the years, his passion for wine continued to grow and in his free time he began exploring and sampling various wines in the region (but he was mostly impressed with the wines California had to offer). As he entered his forties, Charles found that the auto industry became a whole lot less interesting and the dream of working in the wine business became much more appealing. In 2005, he and his wife, along with their two dogs, Caymus and Tucker, left New Jersey behind and began their journey to Napa Valley.
While pursuing a degree in Viticulture and Enology, Charles worked for several renowned wineries in Napa Valley including Robert Mondavi, Raymond, Rudd, and Jessup Cellars. He played an integral part in their production and winemaking, and attributes his knowledge and skills not only to his time devoted to academics, but also to his collaboration with the prominent winemakers at these estates. His wife Cynthia worked her way into the sales and marketing aspect of the wine business, and after a few years, their new career choices gave them the confidence to develop their own brand, Charthia Cellars. Charthia is a blend of their names - Charles and Cynthia - representing their dual contributions to the label and also symbolizing the importance of blending in the art of winemaking.
Charthia’s first release was a 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that Charles and Cynthia bottled in their own garage. Today, Charthia Cellars is still a very tiny boutique brand that focuses on Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. They hope to expand with additional varietals in the near future, but will continue to handpick their vineyards to ensure the highest quality fruit possible goes into Charthia wines. Charles and Cynthia have worked extremely hard to get to where they are today and are totally committed to Charthia’s recognition and acceptance in the industry. Cheers!