“Creating ZIATA allows me to be involved in every step of the way
– from vineyard to table.”

After 20 years of marketing Napa Valley and its wines, Karen Cakebread launched ZIATA Wines in 2008. “I had two goals: to create beautifully structured wines that reflect the vineyards they come from; and to be involved in every aspect making wine.” She named the brand in honor of her mother, Mary Annunziata.

Karen Cakebread

Karen started ZIATA in 2008 with two varietals, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, which she chose for their food-friendly qualities. In 2009, she added a Cabernet Franc to the portfolio. She remains involved in every aspect of her wine, from vineyard sourcing to harvesting, blending, bottling and selling.

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Mary Annunziata

Karen's mother, Mary Annunziata, was born in 1923 in Bruce, Washington, where her father worked on the railroad. Domenico Ruggerio had emigrated from a small town near Naples, Italy and migrated from Michigan to Washington State to continue his work with the railroad company.

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