THE STORY OF ZIVELI

We’re not saying it’s magical, but sometimes, while sipping a Ziveli wine, you can feel the salty wind off the Adriatic Sea.

Ziveli Winery was created by the Nale family. We are proud to bring the spirit of Croatian wine to the San Joaquin Valley. Our roots are in the Dalmatian region, directly across the Adriatic Sea from Italy. We share the same Mediterranean climate and zest for life, so it’s no surprise that we love growing grapes and making incredible wine.

We have grown grapes for decades near Fresno, California. After a trip to the old country and the eye-opening experience of tasting our ancestors’ wines, our son Cole was the first to suggest we take up the family mantle and start crushing grapes ourselves. In that spirit, Ziveli was born.

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The Ziveli Family Team

John & Rondi Nale+

John & Rondi Nale, Owners

Cole Nale+

Cole Nale, Winemaker

Madelynn Garcia+

Madelynn Garcia, Director of Operations / Event Coordinator

Hannah Marie+

Hannah Marie, Director of Social Media Marketing

Hunter Nale+

Hunter Nale, Assistant

Lindsey Pugsley+

Lindsey Pugsley, Wine Cellar Associate

John & Rondi Nale

John & Rondi Nale, Owners

John Nale had worked his family’s vineyards for decades and always dreamed about making wine. His son Cole approached him, inspired by a family trip to Croatia, and convinced him that now was the time to build a winery. He has a larger-than-life personality who loves sharing the family vision for wine-making. But he’s just as likely to be out in the vineyards with his sleeves rolled up as he is to be in the tasting room.

Rondi Nale is responsible for all the creativity you see around the tasting room. If you visit, she will probably be one of the first to greet you. The “unseen side” of Rondi is the hardworking manager making everything work smoothly in the background.

John & Rondi Nale can be contacted at ziveliwinery@gmail.com.

 

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Cole Nale

Cole Nale, Winemaker

Cole Nale was the first of the Nale family to get excited about wine-making. He convinced his father to start the venture that has become Ziveli Winery. He is now the lead winemaker of all of Ziveli’s newest creations.

Cole Nale can be contacted at ziveliwinery@gmail.com.

 

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Madelynn Garcia

Madelynn Garcia, Director of Operations / Event Coordinator

Director of all day to day operations. Property Management.

 

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Hannah Marie

Hannah Marie, Director of Social Media Marketing

Hannah is the owner of HansHappenings, her event styling business. Be on the lookout for her exciting pop-up events at Ziveli. She helps coordinate Ziveli events, along with serving behind the bar on weekends.

Hannah Marie can be contacted at HansHappenings@gmail.com.

 

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Hunter Nale

Hunter Nale, Assistant

The youngest Nale, Hunter helps wherever he’s needed. You’ll find him helping make wood-fired pizzas at Brick L’Oven on the weekends. Along with taking care of the winery dog and chickens!

Hunter Nale can be contacted at ziveliwinery@gmail.com.

 

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Lindsey Pugsley

Lindsey Pugsley, Wine Cellar Associate

Lindsey assists the winemaker in all the wine making production!

 

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The Brick L’oven Team

¬†Jasmine and Caleb Nale,¬†Owners of Brick L’oven Pizza

 

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