Every sip tells a story, here’s ours…

When you have a bottle of wine in your hands, ready to be opened, it’s just like opening a book. You can’t wait to read the first page, and as you near the last, you almost don’t want it to end. You don’t want the story to be over. You want to savor it, linger in it, get to know the characters like they belong to you. The difference is, with wine, the story is yours, waiting to be written, enjoyed and retold, in different ways, on different evenings, with different friends. This is what Idella is for us, a story waiting to be told. A story you can interpret for yourself, and make all your own.

Following our fascination: a marriage of tradition and passion.

gred-tammy-greenwood-2Idella was the name of my grandmother. It is a word that has significance not only because of my family history, but because Idella literally means “bountiful.” And it is this we wish for anyone who enjoys Idella Wines. We wish for you to be bountiful in spirit, happiness, friendship, life, and love. Because we are in this not for financial gain, rather to share our bountiful passion with other wine enthusiasts. My wife, Tammy, and I met in the tech world, where we devoted much of our time and efforts. Soon we craved something that held more meaning for us and we looked to my wife’s deep heritage and love for Sicilian culture. This has lead us to a passion for wine-making, but more importantly, wine sharing, because this is just as rooted in Sicilian tradition as anything. The large family dinners, under the stars, at a long table set for twelve, right at the edge of the vineyard. This is what we live for. These rare and beautiful experiences that affect how we enjoy and interpret a bottle of wine. And it is in this spirit that we bring you, Idella Wines.

Patience. And other things we’ve learned from wine.

It took us a while to find our passion for wine, and we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. We’ve found, like wine, some things can’t be rushed. And others, you simply wouldn’t want to. This has been a fascinating journey for Tammy and me.

We’ve learned so much about farming, wine making, and most especially, the vineyard craftsmen who invest countless hours growing, nurturing and harvesting the grapes.

The tradition of giving back to the community is our family value.

IMG_0209-214x300Greg and Tammy’s commitments take the shape of mostly inner-city, at-risk youth programs. They have founded charity fundraising events including wine tasting events and a golf tournament that have each been running for more than ten years.

Idella Wines allocates a certain amount of wine to be donated for charity events throughout the year. Additionally, Idella Wines provides $5 to inner-city at-risk youth programs for every bottle of wine purchased.

It is our intention for Idella Wines to positively impact the lives of under-priviledged children throughout the U.S.