Three Wine Company is much more than a business. It is a family winery focused on sustainable growing, coupled with a hands-on wine experience. Winemaker Matt Cline’s philosophy is that: the dirt, the micro-climate, and sustainable wine growing (from vineyard to bottle) form the cornerstone of good winemaking, and is in every bottle three produces.
Whether you are a visitor to our tasting room, or the winemaker, Cline, you really get a sense of the intimacy of this business. Visitors are able to see the winemaking process up close and personal, as the facilities are combined. Cline, a 30+ year veteran to the business is still personally sampling each of the vineyards used in our wines, even though he could leave it to an intern or assistant to do. Cline’s wife and business partner Erin, is the tasting room General Manager, as well as managing online sales and business. As partners, Matt and Erin collaborate on everything from names and labels to the upcoming varietal productions.
Additionally, three has a passion for preserving and educating on the historic varietals to California, such as Zinfandel, Mataro, and Carignane. In 2014 Cline and an alliance with the City of Oakley and a large group of environmental and historical enthusiasts stood up to the State of California and saved a historic and high-quality vineyard. This vineyard is a wonderful example of sustainable agriculture as well as a relic of growers and winemakers from previous generations, and is found in three's Lucchesi Carignane, SMC, CMZ, the Field Blend (at around 35-40%), and blended in our Zinfandels in small percentages.