Taft Street Winery has been a proud partner of the Windsor High School Vineyard Academy since 2011. Each year, we crush and ferment the grapes farmed by the students and help promote sales of Windsor Jaguar Zinfandel. The zinfandel vineyard is donated each year by Anjou and Neil Kay, owners of Villa Terra Bella.
The Vineyard Academy, which began in 2003, offers students instruction that prepares them not only for college, but also offers them an opportunity to explore careers in hospitality and cuisine. Students take traditional courses in English and History, but also explore the culinary arts, business finance and event planning.
Among other subjects, vineyard management is one of the many focus areas available to Windsor High School juniors and seniors. Students work with local experts to learn viticulture in a hands-on environment.
Vineyard Academy, one of Windsor High School’s four California Partnership Academies (CPA), has been named a 2019 Distinguished California Partnership Academy. This award, given to fewer than 2 percent of the CPAs across California, honors programs which embody a strong focus on academics blended with career technical education.
Thank you to our supplier partners for donating their dry-goods for this project. With their support, almost all the revenue from these wines can be returned to the program. Links to each of our great suppliers are below.