Jimmy is the visionary, creator and driving force behind V12 Vineyards. The wines are a reflection of Jimmy's approach to his pursuits professionally and in life. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Jimmy has been immersed in the world of automobiles his entire life. It is as a race car driver that Jimmy made his greatest impact. Starting at an early age, under the guidance of his father, Jim Vasser, Sr., he achieved success at every level of American motorsports ultimately reaching the pinnacle when wearing his signature race number of 12, he became the CART/PPG Indy-Car Champion in 1996. With multiple business interests, including ownership of an award-winning retail automotive dealership in the city of Napa, Jimmy brings the focus, quality, determination and excellence learned throughout his racing career to the grapegrowing and winemaking process at V12 Vineyards.
Steve is a Napa Valley winemaker who didn't fully realize his deep childhood connection to wine until adulthood. His interest in wine really began while living in Germany as a young teenager. In Europe wine is naturally part of daily life and his father often took the entire family out to explore the wines of the region. At the time, Steve remembers the excursions as less than enjoyable while along with his siblings he spent the day throwing rocks into a pond while his father tasted wines. He is now grateful that his father shared his passion and infected him with an enthusiasm for wine. A former dentist, Steve and his wife Suzie became wine growers in 1994 when they purchased 14 acres in Napa Valley on the Silverado Trail, just south of the Stags Leap District. Today they farm 10 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and run Reynolds Family Winery at that site.
Chad Alexander grew up on the steep slopes of Mt. Veeder located in Napa Valley and took his first cellar position at Hess Collection Winery in 1985. After 8 years of learning under the winemaker and vineyard manager, he decided to study Geology and received his college degree, fusing together soils, terroir, and growing conditions in order to achieve the best wines possible. In 1997, Chad worked for a few high-end hillside Cabernet producers and was made head winemaker in 2003, receiving 95+ point form top wine critics year after year. Alexander Wine Consulting was established in 2006 and Chad Alexander continues to produce wines of high quality, mostly sourced from Hillside Vineyard Estates. V12 Vineyard Estate grows exceptional fruit and Chad is excited about its future.
Vicki Vasser Kleis
Like her brother Jimmy Vasser, Vicki was also raised with teamwork, passion and a "finish first" mentality. As a nine-year old she raced a Quarter-Midget season under the guidance of her father Jim Vasser, Sr. Today she naturally has a lead role as part of the team at V12 Vineyards.Vicki is the face of the place. Along with Jimmy and Davie, Vicki has been involved in the evolution of the estate and continues as the Managing Director, handling marketing, trade and VIP events and estate visits.