\u201cI will never leave a fallen comrade,\u201d \u201cI will never leave an Airman behind\u201d and \u201cSemper Fidelis\u201d (Always Faithful) are at the core of the U.S. military\u2019s beliefs and values. Memorized in initial training, their meanings are lived over the course of one\u2019s service. But even after hanging up the uniform, veterans still feel the inexorable draw to uphold those beliefs.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThese veteran winemakers, winery owners and brand owners use their civilian occupations to support their veteran brothers and sisters.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Dauntless Wine Company, Willamette Valley, OR \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAfter serving in Iraq, Marine Corps veterans Ben Martin and Paul Warmbier and Navy Corpsman veteran Ryan Mills founded the Dauntless Wine Company. Understanding that good wine comes from good grapes, their veteran majority team crafts wines from grapes grown in the Willamette Valley.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nLocation and quality are important, but Dauntless believes that the people who tend the vines are also paramount. The team established the Dauntless Veteran Foundation (DVF) to help veterans translate skills learned in the military to agriculture.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Tackitt Family Vineyards, Paso Robles, CA \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nA Warriors helping Warriors event at Tackitt Family Vineyards / Photo by Robert Binder\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhen he served with the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Leon Tackitt was responsible for rendering explosive materials safe. In retirement, he and his wife took over the family business, Tackitt Family Vineyards, in Paso Robles.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPhoto by Robert Binder\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSome of Leon\u2019s EOD brothers and sisters had more difficult transitions to civilian life, though, so the Tackitts established EOD Cellars to provide donations to organizations that support the EOD community. These include the EOD Warrior Foundation, which provides support to wounded EOD service members and their families, as well as to the families of fallen EOD service members.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n3. Purple Heart Wines, Sonoma County, CA \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPeter Mondavi Sr. served in the U.S. Army during World War II\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWinemaker John Moynier served as a Squadron Training Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) in the U.S. Air Force from 1968\u20131972. A graduate of the University of California, Davis, he was a winemaker at C. Mondavi & Family from 1985 until his recent retirement in 2021.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nMarc Mondavi with the Purple Heart bottle\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn 2015, Moynier developed the blend for Purple Heart Wines Sonoma-appellated Red Wine, which is a part of the C. Mondavi & Family portfolio. Winemaker and Napa Valley pioneer Peter Mondavi Sr. was also a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army during World War II.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAnnually, Purple Heart Wines donates to the Purple Heart Foundation. Named for the medal awarded to service members wounded or killed during wartime service, the Purple Heart Foundation provides support to combat veterans and their families.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n4. Bella Luna Estate Wines, Paso Robles, CA \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSherman Smoot (L) flew F-4Js for the Navy and Kevin Healey (R) was in the army in Vietnam / Photo by Amy Hinrichs\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nKevin Healey and Sherman Smoot grew up as best friends, though they served their country in different ways: Kevin was in the Army in Vietnam, and Sherman flew F-4Js for the Navy. The two reunited back home in Paso Robles to establish Bella Luna Estate Winery.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEmblazoned with an image of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bella Luna produces Fighter Pilot Red, a single-vineyard Zinfandel sourced from the Adelaida District AVA. A portion of the wine sales support the children of wounded and deceased veterans.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n5. Singing Water Vineyard, Texas Hill Country, TX \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAndy and Missy Ivankovich worked in different career fields before turning to wine production, and Andy\u2019s time as a crew chief in the U.S. Air Force had a lasting impact on the couple. As co-owners of Singing Water Vineyards, the Ivankoviches uphold the winery\u2019s tradition of championing Texas Hill Country wines and supporting veterans.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSinging Water\u2019s Freedom Red Blend supports U.S. military and veterans through organizations like the United Service Organizations (USO). The USO aims to keep \u201cservice members connected to family, home and country\u201d during their term of service and transition to civilian life.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n6. Nine Iron Wine, California \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEvery bottle of Nine Iron\u2019s red, white and ros\u00e9 sold provides donations to Camp Hope / Photo bu Renee Morone\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAfter multiple deployments over 14 years, Brandon Casella left the Army to work as a wine and spirits sales manager. Casella met Blake Barnes on the golf course, and, although Barnes had a civilian background, he shared Casella\u2019s passion for golf, wine and serving those who served.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe duo founded Nine Iron Wine. Every bottle of Nine Iron\u2019s red, white and ros\u00e9 sold provides donations to Camp Hope. Located in Houston, Texas, Camp Hope helps veterans and veteran families suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on their journey to recovery.