Our Story

Calazor is a testament to hard work and resilience. The brand, Calazor, was created to honor my family’s story and hopefully carry on its legacy.

My father, born and raised on the island of Saõ Jorge, Azores, Portugal, came to the United States at the age of 17. Growing up, he spent most of his time outdoors, tending to pastures and working the land. It is no surprise that he carried his skills over to California – one day planting his own vineyard. His story could fill pages and pages of a book – no way could it fit on a wine label. Together, with my mother, born and raised in California, they built a life to be proud of. Without the lessons they have taught me, this venture would be unattainable.

Mendonsa Family Then
Calazor is a culmination of two worlds colliding, 
California and the Azores

Some of my best childhood memories are going out with my dad, aboard his giant blue tractor on the 5-acre land I grew up on, watching the wildlife (deers, rabbits, birds, etc…which I would call all my “pets”). Even better was the Harvest season when I was given the “grape crusher” role. If these pictures don’t prove I was crafted at a young age to one day own my own wine company, I don’t know what does!

Mendonsa Family Now
Mendonsa Parents

For me, this is where it all began, and these pictures are a reminder of the heart and soul behind this brand. I am so happy to share it with you all. As it says on the label, may Calazor wine bring cheer to your table – so that many stories can be made with those you’re enjoying it with.

Thank you for letting me share mine.