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<h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #d7cbac;">Chateau Diana Winery is located in the heart of the Dry Creek Valley in the Premier Growing Region of Healdsburg, California. It was founded by Tom and Diane Manning in 1989. Tom and Diane were born in New York. Tom was an orphan who did not have an education past the second grade. He met his wife, Diane, at a bus stop in Long Island, New York. They traveled cross-country in a VW Bug to find a piece of heaven in wine country where they could raise their family and work together.&nbsp;</span></h3> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #d7cbac;">Not long after arriving in California, they were driving along the winding roads of Dry Creek Road. They came across an older lady gardening and stopped to talk to her. She was 101 years old and was part of the LeBaron Ranch Family, which were one of the first families to arrive and grow hops and prunes in Dry Creek Valley. It was her wish to sell her land to a family that would use the land for grapes or hops, but most of all would stay within a family tradition. That spring day was the start of the Manning Family &ndash; Chateau Diana Winery. </span><br /><span style="color: #d7cbac;">Tom and Diane are no longer with us, but their children Dawn and Corey Manning have carried on their dream. In 2013, their children opened the Chateau Diana Tasting Room in honor of their parents, which looks over the majestic Dry Creek Valley. Don&rsquo;t be surprised if you run into Dawn, Corey or any of the 3rd generation. You will always be treated like a Manning Family friend.</span></h3> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #d7cbac;">In honor of the growing region, Dawn and Corey released the 707 Sonoma County Wines. In October of 2017, Sonoma County was devastated by the fires and it took Corey&rsquo;s family home. It was in that moment that the 707 Wines represented more than the area code of the region: they meant that we and our community were 707 STRONG.</span></h3> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #d7cbac;">For the first time, our winemaker, Dawne Sacchetti, is releasing these hand-crafted 707 Sonoma County wines outside our tasting room.</span><br /><span style="color: #d7cbac;">Every Family Has a Story. Welcome to Ours!</span></h3>

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<h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #d7cbac;">A century-old Oak tree stands guard over our vineyards. Three generations of the Manning Family have enjoyed the gift of this Oak tree. It was the inspiration for our brother Corey when creating the Black Oak label over 20 years ago. As an avid gardener, he also planted Black Oak trees at his home. This deciduous tree has deeply furrowed bark and on mature trees is nearly black. The thick, almost black bark is marked with deep furrows and irregularly broken ridges. The moss around the trunk appears black, which is where the tree gets its unique color in maturity.</span></h3> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #d7cbac;">On October 9th, our brother Corey and many others lost their homes in the Sonoma County Fires. On the first visit to his house, he noticed that the Black Oak trees were still standing but were charred truly black from the fire. Each week he returned to the site and one day, he noticed that underneath the charred trees were signs of green buds and rebirth. It was then that he realized that the Black Oak tree uses fire as a source of oxygen and regenerates itself to a healthy state of its true self. Now, as the Black Oak trees start to rebirth themselves, they stand guard over his home as he waits to rebuild.</span></h3> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #d7cbac;">We don't always know why we create something until much later, but now we know why our brother created the Black Oak label as our winery's flagship brand. It is to show him and all of us that after a tragic loss where everything is taken from you, we have what we need to use the tragedies in our lives as oxygen and rebirth ourselves. Like the Black Oak tree, we are all marked with broken ridges from the journey of life, but no matter what is thrown our way, we are reborn and we grow. Majestic grace and unwavering beauty in the belief of the power of love give us the ability to rise after we fall.</span></h3>

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