Tackitt Family Vineyards
Warriors of the EOD Warrior Foundation
Tackitt Family Vineyards in San Miguel is a family-owned and dog-friendly boutique winery that specializes in handcrafted premium wines. Sourced from local vineyards, Tackitt creates a variety of red and white wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Barbera, Tempranillo, Sauvignon Blanc, their family tradition Gewürztraminer wine and more.
Winemaker Leon Tackitt and his wife Cindy Tackitt take a close-knit approach to their relationship with wine and community, and it shows. Leon’s former U.S. Navy career specialty in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) might seem a world away from winemaking, but nothing could be further from the truth. At Tackitt Family Vineyards, Leon has found the perfect springboard to help support the military veteran community through his involvement with a nonprofit organization called EOD Warrior Foundation.
EOD Warrior Foundation seeks to honor and equip veterans through memorials, scholarships, health and welfare, financial support for families, Gold Star family retreats, PTSD and traumatic injury-related rehabilitation and more. Every year, Leon and his crew do their best to keep the bar high for the quality of their winemaking, but exceeding their philanthropic goals are vital.
“We have great news to share about our Warrior Brosé wine release last summer,” said Leon. “We’ve raised $12,000 toward providing a veteran with a service animal. This wine was made in memory of one of my best friends from the Navy, CDR Kevin Childre, a staunch supporter of the EOD Warrior Foundation. Kevin was killed in a freak bicycle accident over three years ago. We teamed up with his wife to produce this wine in his honor.”
In 2017, the winery raised $44,339 to benefit the nonprofit EOD Warrior Foundation. In April 2018, Tackitt raised $50,000. On April 12, 2019, Leon hopes to multiply that number times ten with the help of the community and visitors who support the Warrior Foundation through Tackitt’s EOD line of wines and a fun, new project in the works, called Blaster’s Garage.
“A good friend of mine, Eric Symonds, and I started a YouTube series called Blaster’s Garage. Our main goal is to raise $500,000 for the EOD Warrior Foundation and Quality of Life Plus organizations. Both support our veterans,” said Leon. “We are rebuilding a 1984 Toyota Land Cruiser and selling 5,000 raffle tickets at $100 apiece. The truck is going to be magnificent!”
Blaster’s Garage is sharing their progress on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. “Our secondary goal is to highlight our veterans. We try and single one out to interview and showcase during an episode, he emphasized. “We’re also highlighting the organizations and the great things they are doing for our veterans. As a 27-year veteran, it gives me great pleasure to support our veterans as much as we can.”
Leon, his winery team, and fellow veterans and friends are committed to take their winemaking far beyond the tasting room to make significant differences in the lives of others through the EOD Warrior Foundation. Learn more about Blaster’s Garage and view entertaining episodes of the video series at www.blastersgarage.com.
Visit the Tasting Room
Tackitt Family Vineyards is located at 6640 Von Dollen
Road in San Miguel and open from Friday-Sunday, from
12-5 p.m. Tasting fees are just $10. Call (805)467-9490 or visit
www.tackittfamilyvineyards.com. Learn about the EOD Warrior Foundation at www.eodwarriorfoundation.org.
February 9 and 10: Vino Valentine welcomes guests to follow the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail for small bites and beautiful wines
April 13: Warriors Helping Warriors VIII invites everyone to enjoy a fun day of pizza, Tackitt wines and great music and help raise money for the EOD Warrior Foundation.
Tickets are $45 and go on sale March 1st, 2019