About Maréchal Vineyards
Since the early 1900's, my family has farmed the beautiful San Joaquin Valley.
Our awarding-winning wines represent our passion and our tradition.
The Marshall family traces its history in the Sanger area back to the early 1900’s when Hugh M. Marshall first purchased 160 acres northeast of Sanger where the family still farms today.
Over the years we have farmed many different crops. Early on there were figs, wheat, table and raisin grapes, plums, nectarines, and later wine grapes. No matter what the crop was the Marshall’s were always involved in the processing of our crops. This led to Hugh M. Marshall Jr.’s founding the packing operations H. M. Marshall & Son in 1954, growing, packing, shipping tree fruit, and raisin, table and wine grapes.
In the early 1980’s my father resumed shipping wine grapes to the east coast for home winemaking. I started in the wine grape business by riding around with my dad from vineyard to vineyard as he inspected fields, bought grapes and packed them for shipment to buyers on the east coast.
While I was a student at Fresno State I started working full time with my dad picking, packing and shipping grapes from many of those same vineyards. An increasing interest in wine and winemaking led me to start making wines from the grapes that we had been growing and shipping for so many years. My first attempts were rough. But after a couple of vintages my wife, Jenifer, encouraged me to submit my wines for judging. I began to submit my homemade wines to various State and County Fairs winemaking competitions.
My wines received many gold, silver and even a couple of bronze ribbons. The awards, and the failures, only encouraged me to do better. I took many classes from the UC Davis Extension Enology department, attended seminars at Fresno State and Sonoma State and furthered my knowledge of making wine. In 2012, after many years of being encouraged by family and friends, my wife Jenifer and I decided to start our own wine label, Maréchal Vineyards.
Raising our family in a place where our roots run so deep is incredibly important to us. Along with that is the opportunity to add to our family’s agricultural tradition. We hope that you can share and enjoy in another of our family’s adventure.
– Josh Marshall