is precedent for wine production in Muzio/Nunes family history. Grandfather Muzio made quite a bit of wine every year in his San
Francisco basement, and Fred's mother, Dorothy Muzio Nunes, remembers punching down
the must when she was a child. Fred forayed into growing wine grapes
at the age of eleven when he planted Cabernet Sauvignon in his mother's
garden as a 4-H project and made himself a little wine. It didn't turn out
to be cult-quality, but the process fascinated him even then.
By the time he was twelve,
Fred was on a tractor helping his father grow row crops
early 1950ís, Grandfather Muzio bought 43 acres in the Russian River Valley to farm hay and raise pigs and as a
weekend spot for the family to gather.
Fred retired from a 30-year career as a firefighting helicopter pilot
in 1997, he and Wendy
leased the ranch from Dorothy, built a house on an adjacent property, and
started planning Nunes Vineyard. Along the way, Fred had enhanced his
understanding of science with a Systematic Biology and Ecology degree from San Francisco State University.
Wendy brought business and graphic design experience. They both completed the viticulture classes at Santa Rosa JC with Rich Thomas
(science can be fun!) and they continue
learning at every opportunity.