The history of Redmon wines began in the early 1970s when the Redmon family moved to St. Helena to purchase and operate the A&W restaurant on Main Street. For the next 35 years, the family members each took a turn working in the restaurant, cooking hamburgers and pouring root beer.
Lisa’s father Tom Redmon began to invest the profits from his restaurant in real estate during those early years. Each day Tom would work the front counter during lunch time. He developed a reputation in the small town of 5,500 people for purchasing homes, apartments, land, etc. Customers would sometimes approach him with opportunities that he would drive out to see after work. One of these opportunities led him to purchase the 3 ½ acre vineyard in St. Helena that grows the Redmon vines today.
Lisa had a long history with the A&W restaurant. The Redmons were hard workers! Lisa started working for her father at the age of 13, taking orders, preparing food, and working with the customers. St. Helena High School was located right across the street from the restaurant. As soon as she started school there, Tom made an arrangement so she could leave school each day half an hour early to run across the street and help work the lunch rush. She would finish up and then walk back across the street, eating a burger on the way to her afternoon classes.