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 joined Neal Family Vineyards in early 2018 and is grateful to be a part of such a powerful team.
Jessica 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 successful in the viticulture and enology industry. While in college, she worked at a small wine shop, Packing House Wines in Claremont, where she discovered a passion for studying wines from all over the world. She is now in the process of receiving her WSET Diploma.