Jenny is the newest member of the Wagners to join the family business as winemaker for Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot. Emmolo is named after Jenny’s maternal family, and was launched twenty years ago by her mother, Cheryl Emmolo. The Emmolos have a long history in Napa Valley with Jenny’s great-grandfather, Salvatore Emmolo, starting the family’s grapevine rootstock nursery in St. Helena in 1923. Her grandfather, Frank Emmolo, not only managed the nursery, but also grew Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot on their family property. Given Frank did not have any sons, Jenny’s mother created a wine label named Emmolo to ensure the family name lived on for generations to come.
Jenny has been working alongside her father, Chuck Wagner, for the past few years, benefiting from hands-on learning of both grape farming and winemaking in the Napa Valley. Since high school, she had a strong desire to continue on the Emmolo legacy and is proud to say she is doing just that. As winemaker, she is naturally putting her own mark on the wines, elevating the quality of both the Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot.