The Napa Valley is world-renowned for the wines produced from its vineyards, and Mark Neal - and the Neal Family history - is firmly imbedded in its soil. Born the son of Jack and Athene Neal, Mark's fondest memories began with sitting on his father's lap while Jack drove a tractor through the Napa Valley vineyards, and Mark was raised with a love and appreciation for the valley that he called his home. As a boy, Mark worked side-by-side with his father suckering, tying and planting vines. Through hard work and dedication, Jack started his own vineyard management company in 1968, known today as Jack Neal and Son. The name of the company itself is indicative of a family that has been dedicated to these vineyards for over 40 years.
Mark Neal's life-long involvement with the Napa Valley started with working with his father Jack Neal. In 1968 after working years for other farmers, Jack Neal started a vineyard management business in 1968 Mark began at an early age and work side-by-side removing prune and walnut trees as well as vines. We also planted and maintain vineyards and orchards. Before he was driving a car, Mark was operating tractors, earthmovers, and trucks building reservoirs, removing trees and terracing the hillsides of Napa Valley. By the time he was 18 years old, he had logged 12,000 hours on the family tractors and numerous of hours from planting to harvest, and he knew he liked the farmer's view of the world.
In 1984 Mark first started working with CCOF and listed vineyards under the Certified Organic Status after decades of growing organic grapes. Upon his father's passing in 1994, Mark assumed the position of Owner and President of Jack Neal & Son, Inc. (JNS). The company has grown considerably under his management and Mark has worked hard to ensure the company provides the same excellent service, commitment to quality, and personal attention to its clients that were Jack’s founding principles. His innovative viticulture practices and up-to-the-minute technology have helped to keep JNS at the forefront of premium grape growing in Napa Valley. Mark continues to direct every aspect of JNS' operations and is proud to have assembled a talented team of experts to help him carry on his father's vision.
Jordan Stanley was born in Windsor, England and spent his formative years in a small Southern California beach community where he was heavily influenced by the craft-beer boom and his family’s interest in high-quality wines. Jordan worked his way through Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, receiving his Bachelor of Science in Wine & Viticulture. He spent his extra time working in the cellar and vineyard at Proulx Winery in Paso Robles making west-side Paso Syrah and Grenache. He interned at Gary Farrell Winery in the Russian River Valley before deciding that his passion for wine was not to be found in Pinot Noir. Upon graduation Jordan came north for a season on Howell Mountain at Robert Craig Winery. He fell in love with the nuanced wines of Napa Valley, especially those crafted from Howell Mountain fruit, and decided to pursue a career that perfectly aligns with his personal taste. Jordan joined Neal Family Vineyards in early 2018 and is grateful to be a part of such a powerful team.
Jess is 3rd generation for Neal Family Vineyards. Among growing up in Napa and working since she was young in the vineyards and the winery, she has learned a lot about what it takes to become a successful in the viticulture and enology industry. She received her Bachelors of Science in Marketing Management at Cal Poly, Pomona in December 2018. While at school, she worked at a small wine shop, Packing House Wines in Claremont, where she discovered a passion of studying wines from all over the world. She is currently in the process of becoming a Certified Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers as well as receiving her WSET Level 3 Advanced Certification in Wine. She is excited to bring further ideas of marketing and her wine studies into the future of Neal Family Vineyards.