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[birds chirping] To me, every bottle does tell a story. A bottle that you hold in your hands, it's that glass that you're sippin' on had a lot of work behind it. It's not like you bust a grape and 'voila', you have wine, no. To get that grape to that press, so that it could be made into wine, it takes a lot of hours. It takes a lot of love, it takes a lot of care because a lot can go wrong. [motor starting] Since he was little, all the stories are about agriculture and working the land. Since day one, in coming to the United States that's all he's done. The farming is an observation of years. He can tell you where there's the coolest spots in the vineyard, where we get the first initial bud break, because he's dedicated his time to this piece of land in this part of the world for 33 years, to being one with the vine. The boss would tell me to go care for your daughters. I would ask her, "Which daughters, Betty?" She said, "Your plants!" Who made it? who was farming it? My Grandfather, my father and I Those evenings out there in the vineyard, those evening in the winery, those long nights crushing and laughing, and telling jokes, you know, waiting patiently for the wines to press out, and then guide them and babysit 'em throughout their voyage to be made into the final product and the wines without storage ...what are you drinking? Who made it? Did they care? Does it taste like passion and love? I don't know. I don't drink those wines, why would I know? I have asked that, "Do you ever plan to retire?" and I can see this look in his face, and turns up to the vineyard and tells me, "Well, I don't know hun. Once they retire, I think I'll be able to retire. You know, once the plants retire. I've been working for the woman (Betty) for 34 years, and I've never had a problem. The woman gave me an opportunity. She said, "You are a good worker, I am giving you this opportunity to help you succeed." Betty said, "From now on, you will be the man in charge." I replied, "No Betty, I don't speak the language." She told me, "Don't give up!" I planted everything in three years. My family on both sides have been cultivators of the land for as long as we can go back. When he was in Mexico, he was a little boy, he was only 8 years old. Being deprived from many things, he had to work hard to help the family. Our father took us to the countryside to work in the field. Corn, garbanzo. We all worked as little ones. All the movement, all the things that my family has gone through, endured to get me to where I am now it's just because of them, it's because of that initial move or that initial stance they took to say, "Hey, you know, there's somewhere else where I can better off my family, and better of my life" This is my father. He was a Bracero. They lived in the barracks, many people lived there. He told me he worked in the fields. They paid him, and he would send his remittances to Mexico. We ate with what he sent us. It's leaving not knowing where you're going and if you're coming back because a lot of people leave and don't come back. We came to this country to work. I have worked my whole life. But let me tell you, one's native land is one where we were born and never forget. The biggest struggle was me keeping the morale of people up because during this political time that we're in has brought down a lot of people's spirits, you know. A lot of people's spirits of the american dream. But when it really hit me, was when I started seeing my female workers bring two changes of clothes to work and I'd see them scramble to the bathroom and there'd be a line up at the bathroom at the end of the day What's happening? They'd be getting fully re-dressed into something different because they were scared. They were scared that on their drive home, they were going to be discriminated and stopped because they looked like a field worker. I crossed through Tijuana twice. The immigration caught me the first time. The second time, I was successful. They would cross you through water pipes in Tijuana to San Diego or San Ysidro. Now, it is very difficult. I think the government used to be in on this. They would let people cross when people needed you, and they knew when to throw you back. There's so many things that I can't change. I just lost a few good, good, great workers to ICE. They got taken away, they're in another country now and it's hard losing people that you need and that are part of your family. Cesar Chavez came with large groups and fought for the workers. He fought for higher wages and better treatment of the worker. When we were cutting lettuce or broccoli in the fields, they told us to stop. "Do not step foot in the field!" He fought for higher wages and better treatment of the worker. Working in the fields is very difficult. My people were scared. But to know that you're scared to be part of the community, to be part of society, That. That's what got me. That something's wrong, something's really wrong, and we need to do something about this. It's always hard for my dad, I know he's very torn. But he also feels very fortunate to have the job that he has, that he's done for so many years. The United States has given me things, My kids and my grandchildren, are very beautiful. The opportunity to work. I love harvesting, I'm fascinated with it. I'm always singing while harvesting. I cheer my coworkers on and tell them to continue forward. They work at 4:00 in the morning. Honest people. They want to work, feed their children, pay rent. I left my family there. I left my parents, my siblings. I lost one brother to caner. I wasn't able to go see him. Yes, I miss it a lot...a lot. I still miss my town where I was born. I dream about it even though I've been here many years. I would love to be there, but I know there is no future for me in Mexico. I tell myself that the United States has given me what I never had there. Although it hurts, we know we have more in this country than in Mexico. We need people to work the land and a lot of these people are willing to. They even want to. They just don't have a way. At times I make him suffer so he learns. I don't want his success going to his head. Like foam...you understand? He needs to keep his feet planted to the ground. I teach him always to be humble, because those who aren't, fall hard. Why wine? Wine's my family. I mean, that's something that's binding me to this country, to California, to where I'm at right now. Like I'm a childhood-er, I like to say I'm a product of the valley, I'm a product of this place because of wine. because of the farming and the family needed to create wine. Esfuerzo is a label that I'm creating for my family and for the community. It is a label in dedication to my family's two generations of farming here on the central coast but also a label for the people behind the vine. My dream is to see my children doing well. I think of Mexico all the time. I cannot get it out of my mind. My dad came to the States with an american dream of having a better future for himself and for his children someday and had to work in the fields in Chico and sometimes sleep in the cars cause they didn't have a place to live. When we told my dad Armondo, "Fi di's going to Chico State!" I could just see him, just, his eyes got watery My grandchildren, I have given my all to them. You have no idea! I am here for them, for Fidi... so in this way, I have lived my dream. I have also lived my dream economically. I helped my parents, my siblings. And I have lived ...not so bad. I feel happy here, but I still miss things there and I don't know why. This country has given me beautiful things. [ESFUERZO] [Directed by Alana Maiello]

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