“In high school I became involved with the Future Farmers of America (FFA). I came to realize that agriculture was the only essential industry and I wanted to be a part of that.” Linda worked her way up by earning degrees in Business and Ag Business and holding jobs in the sales of Ag products.
She started working in the Napa Valley in 1983 while representing the French Company, Rhone Poulenc. She moved to Napa Valley after marrying Michael Neal and bought the Tierra Roja property in 1987. “Michael and I were newlyweds and it was tough. We put everything we had into the property and the business. It wasn’t a question of if we were having pasta for dinner, but whether we could afford to put cheese on top.”
“We did not even consider having a winery back then, we both just loved the farming. Through hard work, the vineyard management business became a great success. Now, I am so thrilled to bring all our history and the history of this property together into a wonderful wine, to be shared with all who want a taste of the real vineyard life.”
As Linda launches this new venture, she continues to be involved with the community and FFA through the local St. Helena High Ag Boosters, Oakville Winegrowers, Napa Valley Grape Growers, Farm Bureau and Farm Service Agency.
Linda also serves on the Vine Village Celebration Committee. Vine Village, Inc. is a non-profit program in Napa for people with developmental disabilities, and the Celebration is their major annual fundraiser.