After an illustrious NFL career that included an appearance in Super Bowl XIV in Pasadena, California, he opened Touchdown Real Estate in Anaheim Hills, CA as the owner/broker, but Vince needed a new challenge. Coming from Italian heritage, he had a natural love for food and wine. He began to study wine, and an idea was born.
His home in Orange Park Acres, California was the perfect canvas for his new project. The climate and soil in Orange were conducive for growing wine grapes, and Vince decided to convert the horse corral to a vineyard. So, in 2010, he researched the process and made the decision that Sangiovese and Cabernet grapes were the right choices for the wine he wanted to make. He planted the vines and waited for them to bear fruit. The first vintage of Caressa J, named for his daughters was a quality product and he knew it would only improve as the vines aged. A man passionate about football now had a new love. He spends countless hours working in the vineyard and his personal attention has paid off.
The 2012 and 2013 vintages both received gold medals at the LA International Wine Competition. Dinner parties at Casa Ferragamo always include a tasting of the Caressa J and it has become a hands-down favorite with family and friends. Vince is very active in the community and has donated his wine to several charity events, including Vendemmia de San Antonio, The Ronald McDonald House, and many others. The chairman and founder of the Vince Ferragamo Foundation, Vince is dedicated to helping those that are in need, especially those involving children. A dedicated family man, the newest member of the Ferragamo clan, grandson Javi Cenzo is already joining Nonno in the vineyard.
Vince and wife Jodi have lived in Southern California since Vince graduated from college and returned home to play for the Los Angeles Rams. They have raised their 3 children Venessa, Cara, and Jenna, for which the wine is named.
Venessa is a pediatrician working at St. Joseph's Hospital in Orange. Cara, having studied abroad in Florence Italy, is a Sommollier and is the marketing director for the winery. Jenna lives in San Diego, with a foreign language degree from University of Colorado. She has studied abroad as well in Buenas Aires, Argentina. As vice president of operations for Ferragamo Consulting LLC, a vineyard maintenance company, she works closely with our winemaker to produce the highest quality grapes.