Victor Trentadue has been farming his entire life. He was born into a farming family which was growing cherries and apricots in San Jose. As the area faced problems related to urbanization, the family moved in 1959, choosing to resettle in the Dry Creek Valley. The Trentadues chose the Dry Creek Valley because they already had relatives living there.
In 1969, while there were still a significant amount of prunes in the county, Victor’s parents Leo and Evelyn started Trentadue Winery, now a well-known fixture off Dry Creek Road.
Victor began making wine for the family business right out of high school, but the family hired a full time winemaker in the 90’s.
In the late 80’s, Victor was reconnected with the woman he had dated for seven years in high school, Cindy. They had broken up and married other people but were later put back in touch by a mutual friend who realized they were both getting divorced. Victor and Cindy married in 1990.
Cindy said Victor has always devoted a lot of time to the family business. “When we wanted to go on date, I helped him do his work so we could go out after. When he was driving a tractor, I’d sit on the fender to spend time with him,” recalled Cindy.