It’s not often that you find wine-industry scoops on these pages. But thanks to ONEHOPE CEO Jake Kloberdanz, that’s what we’re serving up today.
Interviewed on The Alan Levy Show, Jake, whose California winery donates 50 percent of its profits to a variety of charities, revealed a new relationship with family members of the late Robert Mondavi, the fellow Golden State vintner who built a billion-dollar global brand.
“We’re going into Napa- appellated wines next year with the Mondavi family,” the entrepreneur, 26, told host Alan Levy.
“Rob Mondavi Jr., the grandson of Robert Mondavi, and Michael Mondavi over at Folio Fine Wine are going to be working with us.”
Jake, whose wines have been featured in publications ranging from BusinessWeek to Glamour to People magazines, also discussed for the first time expanding the ONEHOPE brand into other product categories.
“We’re doing a partnership, and launching it within the next couple of weeks, with Wintec Industries, which is one of the largest women-owned companies in the nation. They make computer accessories up in the Silicon Valley,” he said.
“We’re selling flash drives and other products under the ONEHOPE brand. It’s really a cool step in our company, as they’re donating 50 percent of their profits to Dress for Success, which puts suits on underprivileged women who can’t afford them, and mentors them on how to interview and how to keep a job,” added Jake, who began his career in sales at Gallo Wines.
Founded in 2007 as Hope Wine, the ONEHOPE varietals (i.e. types of wine) include merlot, cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay.
Proceeds from each of those help support and raise awareness for different causes. For example, the cabernet sauvignon supports The ACT Today!; the chardonnay Susan G. Komen for the Cure (for breast cancer); and the merlot AIDS/LifeCycle.
To hear Jake’s full interview, click here.
To learn more about ONEHOPE and its charitable causes, click here.
To read more about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, click here.
To read more about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, click here.
To read more about AIDS/LifeCycle, click here.
To read more about Dress for Success, click here.