Testarossa Winery is helping support the Santa Clara University Solar Decathlon team through the sale of a limited release chardonnay. Proceeds from the sale of a custom-labeled 2010 Testarossa chardonnay benefit the team’s 2013 Radiant House project.
“As a young Jesuit I picked grapes on the hills behind the Testarossa winery and worked there during the wine-making season. I couldn't be happier to be teamed up with Testarossa and the long tradition behind it,” says Jim Reites, S.J., a faculty advisor for the decathlon team.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are attractive, cost-effective, and energy efficient. Santa Clara University’s 2013 Radiant House team is comprised of qualified students from several disciplines.
“This is a fun and exciting endeavor for us,” said Testarossa owner Rob Jensen. “We have a very personal connection with the team, as our son Nick is an engineering student at SCU and is helping to build the house. He’s putting into practice all the construction odd jobs he’s done at the winery during his school breaks.”
Testarossa and its owners have a long history with Santa Clara. Rob and Diana Jensen met at SCU as undergrads in the electrical engineering program. And when their small winery business needed to expand, Testarossa moved into the historic Novitiate Winery in Los Gatos. The priest who married Rob and Diana, John Geary, S.J., went to seminary at the Novitiate in the 1930s. Geary’s father, an architect, first expanded the winery after Prohibition was repealed.
“The education and opportunities we received at Santa Clara University not only brought us together, but set the table for our success as business owners,” says Diana Jensen. “We are proud to be able to give a bit back to the University.”
Only 100 cases of the limited Radiant House Chardonnay are available. It sells for $20 a bottle in the Testarossa tasting room in Los Gatos and online.