Ken and Ann Musso
The concept of Due Vigne di Famiglia began to evolve over 30 years ago when Ken Musso became fascinated that his father and grandfather made a substantial amount of wine in the basement of a landmark mortuary in San Francisco. Winemaking became even more intriguing when Ken’s cousin’s discovered a few bottles of his grandfathers last vintage in their basement, the 1937 zinfandel. It was then that Ken knew it was his destiny to carry on the family tradition.
In 1973 Ken Musso began a career in firefighting that would span three decades and put any thought of commercial winemaking aside until Due Vigne came to fruition in 2004. But during those years the passion remained. Even as a relatively new firefighter in 1975 Ken brought his first load of zinfandel home from Sonoma in the trunk of his dad’s car and fermented them in the garage. The wine was a great success among family and friends and Ken decided he would look for more grapes, hopefully those that he could farm himself.
Ken would continue to make wines for family and friends consecutively for thirty vintages while honing his skills as a winemaker through classes and seminars at UC Davis and other educational venues. In 1995 Ken and his wife Ann would purchase a five-acre parcel of land in Garden Valley, California to finally plant their Gold Medal Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera.
Ron and Barbara Houle
Ron Houle’s experience with wine began in the 1970’s while working in a liquor and wine shop in San Mateo. There he started to imagine one day growing his own grapes and making his own wine. Though for a while his life took another path and he became a firefighter in Burlingame, California were he first met Ken Musso. On Ron’s days off he would help Ken in the vineyard and soon it was an annual Houle family outing to help harvest Musso grapes.
In 2000 Ron and his wife Barbara moved to their dream home in the Napa Valley. Cuttings from one of Napa’s most revered Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards were obtained and planted in 2001. Now it was Ron’s turn to invite friends and family to help begin his own vineyard. Today he is a full time vintner and vineyard manager, overseeing the daily operations at Due Vigne.
Growing up in a large Italian family, wine was and still is a staple at the Fadelli dinner table. Nina spent countless Sundays gathered around the table with her cousins Barbara and Ron and their family, discovering new and exciting wines. When Barbara and Ron moved to Napa in 2000 Nina was the first one there to help them plant their vineyard. Over the next six years Nina spent many weekends helping Ron in the vineyard: planting, pruning, learning about the vines and experimenting with the wine.
In 2006 Nina became a partner in Due Vigne and not only brings her passion for wine to the company but nearly 20 years of marketing and graphic design experience. After graduating from Saint Mary’s College in Marketing and Communications, Nina began working in the travel industry as a graphic designer. Today Nina continues her work in the travel industry while also working closely with Ken Musso and Ron Houle to create the finest wine experience for everyone who drinks Due Vigne.