California Dreamland Visionary
Amelia & Pedro Ceja – Founders, Ceja Vineyards
Celebrating a strong family bond; nurturing an“anything’s possible” attitude; spreading a love for food, wine, and the land; embracing both Mexican heritage and American spirit—these are the qualities that Amelia and Pedro Ceja (pronounced “say-ha”) bring to their eponymous Napa Valley winery. Roughly four decades after the Ceja family first immigrated to California from Mexico, it now owns over 100 top-producing acres, with new generations of Ceja children entering the family business.
An independent and spirited dynamo, matriarch Amelia has a special interest in food and wine, and has created more than 100 video blogs focusing on Mexican cuisine and wine-pairing. Celebrating her achievements as the first Mexican-American woman ever to be elected president of a winery, the California legislature named her 2005’s “Woman of the Year” for “breaking the glass ceiling in a very competitive business.” Pedro Ceja, trained as an electrical engineer, knows that even the simplest product represents the skill and work of many. For the Cejas, the skill and work of a multi-generational family produces remarkable bottles of wine.