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About Us

Our Story

Bryan and I haven’t always been passionate about wine, as a matter of fact 2 of our dogs were named Cabo and Wabo after Sammy Hagars tequila. We loved a margarita with good tequila. It wasn’t until after we were blessed in meeting the Ceja Family we gained an appreciation for not only the taste of a good wine, but the passion and true artistry that goes into making wine. I clearly remember shortly after Bryan and I arrived at Ceja Family Vineyards to begin working, Pedro Ceja came out and introduced himself. He was as kind and loving then as we know him to be now. It was within a few hours time he offered Bryan and I a glass of wine. We graciously declined and responded we don’t really like wine. Pedro said okay and carried on about his business. Day 2 came around and Pedro once again offered us a glass of wine. We graciously declined once again and stated we really like tequila and don’t care for wine. Pedro responded, you just haven’t had a wine you like yet. We soon realized just how true that statement was. By the end of day 2 Bryan was a fan of the tasty Ceja Chardonnay while I was quite the fan of the crisp and aromatic Ceja Sauvignon Blanc. Bryan and I were both so drawn to Pedro and Amelia and the passion they have for wine and everything that goes into making wine. Their family story about working in the fields together in their childhood years to their families successes today was so inspiring to Bryan and I. Our friendship with the Ceja family continued on after the work of the logo was done. Our family and close friends shared picnics there on the beautiful grounds. Our company GroundWorks had a very memorable event at Ceja Vineyards and feasted on absolutely delicious food prepared by Amelia Ceja and her family – an evening we will never forget, it was so special.

Little did we know, this was the beginning of a new journey for Bryan and I. It wasn’t long after we finished the job for the Ceja family that Bryan received a call from one of our customers asking if we would be interested in 200 mouvedre vines. What on earth would we do with vines? Well it took all of about 30 seconds for Bryan to jump in a tractor and clear the corner area of our front yard so we could plant wine grapes. We had no idea what we were doing. Bryan being the go getter that he is purchased books and spent many evenings reading up on how to grow vines and make wine. Pedro often offered his knowledge and expertise. It finally became time we had no choice but to harvest the grapes that were looking more like raisins although the sugar wasn’t high enough in the grapes to make wine. Bryan reached out to Pedro and he offered for us to harvest the 2nds of their Pinot Noir produce. Bryan, myself, our kids and Bryans sister Deana harvested the 2nds. When we returned home to crush, our friends Mike and Shannon Sides and their 2 boys were there to help. The infamous first crush took place in our garage with a hand crank crusher. It was a total and complete sticky mess but we had a great time. 8 months after the harvest it was time to bottle. The same friends, my mom, dad and our kids were there to help and share in the bottling process. We were so proud of how great we believed the wine to be. The kids were all so excited as they were also given a glass to share in a little toast and sip. It was then the name Serendipity came to fruition. After looking back at the chain of events we just couldn’t think of a better name.

We will forever cherish our first experience and those that were there to experience it with us.

Here we are 11 years later and have grown so much as home winemakers. Over the years Bryan and I along with help from friends and family have made small batches of several award winning varietals. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petit Syrah, Malbec, Syrah, Tempranillo, Malvasia Bianca, Semillion, Sangiovese, Zinfandel port and Cabernet Sauvignon Port. We even made a Plum wine with our friends Keri and Tony Eggiman that took the best non grape wine at the Alameda County Fair. Each harvest and bottling are an excuse to bring people together, laugh, share stories and make some great memories together. This hands on approach with people we love is what we don’t ever want to lose sight of.

Our respect for the Ceja family and their continued friendship is greatly cherished.

Our Great Team

Although Bryan and I are the Serendipity dreamers, we have had so much love and support from our family and friends. We are very excited to say we have a fabulous team of people, some have been with us from the very beginning of the home winemaker journey and some who have joined us over the last few years or so. Our team is built on love and passion and they are ready to not only share the wines but share the story of Serendipity Cellars. (not all team members are included in the picture)

Winemaker

Bryan has always had a passion to create and has always been resourceful in educating himself.  He has been in the construction industry for 37 years, a home winemaker for 12 years and completed our first commercial harvest in 2020.  

His passion to perfect what he loves has taken him on the journey of studying the terroir and viticulture in the Contra Costa region.  Bryans belief is to allow the characteristics of the grapes to shine, which is clearly reflected in his wines.

His ultimate goal is not to create a Napa Valley wine, but to create a wine in which you don’t have to go to Napa Valley to acquire.

Valcher Leao
Assistant Winemaker

Hello there, I’m Valcher Leao Filho and It’s my promise to Bryan (winemaker) and to Serendipity cellars to never take shortcuts when assisting with the winemaking process, to only use the highest quality fruit and barrels, and to strive to make the best wines possible. I have gained a lot of experience along the way and have developed a new appreciation for the work behind making wine. I look forward to what the future holds for Serendipity Cellars and all the learning I will get to achieve in the process.

Caterina Zahnd
Assistant Winemaker

I developed an interest in making my own wine in 2008 by attending the Vineyards of a friend. Being a home winemaker truly became my favorite hobby. I made and bottled tasty wines for 4 years on my own. 11 years ago, I was introduced to Michele and Bryan and saw their vision and passion for wine making. Shortly after, we became wonderful friends, I made the decision to switch my focus from making my own wine to volunteer my time to assist Bryan with making his wine. I was involved in all aspects of the wine making process; I helped groom the vineyards, harvest, bottle, label, cork, blend and of course taste. Always looking forward to the next season and I can’t wait to be part of the continued Serendipity journey.

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