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Hand-crafted limited production Napa wines made exclusively for the Theta Chi Brotherhood. 20% of proceeds are given back to Theta Chi

Countdown to Fall Release!

We are excited to showcase the Fall 2022 Release! Don’t miss out joining the 1856 Wine Club and finding the club level that best fits your budget and lifestyle which supports our great fraternity!





1856 Wine Club

1856 Wine Club Membership Financially Supports Theta Chi!

April 10th, 1856 holds a special place in all our hearts and binds us together. Since 1856, the bonds of our lifelong brotherhood have only grown stronger.

Theta Chi alumni now have the unique opportunity to support the initiatives of the Fraternity by becoming a member of the 1856 Wine Club. Brothers who join the 1856 Wine Club will receive  shipments of 3 or 6 bottles a year handcrafted, limited production wines made exclusively for the Resolute Men of Theta Chi.

When you enjoy a glass of wine from Rattlesnake Napa Valley, you are supporting the Fraternity and the education of our collegiate brothers all while enjoying excellent wine from America’s most renowned wine country.

We would love for you to join the 1856 Wine Club to enjoy great wine and to give back to the organization that has such a special place in all our hearts.

Vive Le Theta Chi!


Special Release


2018 Red Wine – Napa Valley

The theme for our 166th Anniversary Convention represents a united brotherhood gathering in the capital city of the United States of America. Though Resolute Men come from different and diverse backgrounds, the brothers of Theta Chi Fraternity, and their commitment to extending a Helping Hand and to each other, remain Indivisible.
$95 / Bottle

Fall Release


Resolute – Military Red

2020 Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa Valley

Founded in 1856 at Norwich University, a military school, Theta Chi Fraternity has a proud military tradition and record of service. Since the Civil War, brothers have fought on land, sea, and air, with hundreds giving the last full measure of devotion protecting our freedom.

Military Red, the second of our Resolute series – our flagship Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that is a classic representation of the appellation’s preeminent varietal. Notes of black cherry, blackberry, and plum are complemented by hits of toasted oak, dried currant, and baking spice. Fine-grained tannins and ample brightness on the palate give way to a polished mouthfeel and exceptionally long finish.
$95 / Bottle

Ruby Eye

2021 Pinot Noir – Russian River Valley

The rattlesnake is an enduring symbol for the Resolute Men of Theta Chi Fraternity. When coiled into a Theta within the Badge of Theta Chi, its eye is represented with a red ruby. The esoteric meaning of the ruby eye is revealed to brothers during their initiation.

Our 2021 Ruby Eye Pinot Noir is from the Russian River Valley AVA of Sonoma County. This beautiful wine is influenced mostly by the fog of the AVA and is very aromatic, with a velvet mouthfeel, and has a fruit character both ripe and intense.

$65 / Bottle


2021 Cuvée Blanc – Napa Valley

The Resolute Men of Theta Chi Fraternity believe in the traditions and ideals of our Creed and the vision of our Founders, including the virtues of Truth, Temperance, and Tolerance. The teaching of these high ideals of noble character extols virtue, exacts harmony, and extends a Helping Hand to all who seek it.

Virtue is an elegant, alluring, and complex white wine blend, with a sensuous offering of tropical fruits, white flowers and subtle spice. The nose is like a bouquet of flowers and jumps from the glass with ripe lemon, white peach, and orange blossom followed by notes of toast and white pepper. On the tongue, lemon bursts forward with pineapple and other tropical fruit, with undertones of vanilla. The finish is bright and zingy and mellows with vanilla and subtle spices in its length.
$44 / Bottle

Club Format and Cost

In order to receive discounted shipments and additional lifestyle benefits, you must be a member of 1856 Wine Club. A $50 one-time, non-refundable deposit will be processed to secure your 1st shipment only. This deposit will be deducted from your 1st club shipment cost. Wines are released in two 3-Bottle or 6-bottle shipments each year based on the club level you select. The cost will range based on your selections. The cost of a bottle ranges from $35 to $75 + tax & shipping.
Each club shipment for 3-bottle members will arrive in a cardboard shipper that can be upgraded to a fire-branded Theta Chi wooden crate for a discounted price of $25 ($50 Value). All club shipments for 6-bottle members will arrive in a wooden crate at no additional cost ($99 Value). Except for your one-time, non-refundable $50 deposit, your card will not be charged until the Release date. Again, the $50 deposit will be deducted from your 1st shipment cost.
Each club shipment can also include a special welcome package and gift at no additional cost ($30 Value). Depending on the club level you choose, you can customize your wine selections! New, library and special edition wines will be offered. There is no long-term commitment, and you may cancel at any time.
Please review 1856 Wine Club member levels and benefits on comparison matrix presented on the Club page. Enjoy your wine and remember, when you share a glass, gift a bottle or visit the Fairwinds tasting room in Napa Valley together, you are supporting Theta Chi. In the bonds of Resolute Men!

Support Theta Chi

Giving back to Theta Chi

When you join the 1856 Wine Club, proceeds are supporting Theta Chi and our collegiate brothers!

With every shipment, members of the 1856 Wine Club extend a Helping Hand to support Theta Chi in the development of future Resolute Men.

Apply to join the 1856 Wine Club and support Theta Chi Fraternity while enjoying world-class wines from Napa Valley.

Hear about Rattlesnake

“Being a Theta Chi is a lifelong experience and joining the 1856 Wine Club is a great way to celebrate and support our great fraternity.”
Darick H. Brown (Eta Gamma/Morehead State 1989)
International President, Theta Chi Fraternity
Enjoying a glass of wine from Rattlesnake Napa Valley provides Theta Chi alumni the opportunity to reflect on the past and reconnect with brothers from years gone by.”
Michael Mayer (Epsilon Phi/Central Missouri 2004)
Chief Executive Officer, Theta Chi Fraternity
“I am honored to make these wines for the Theta Chi brotherhood and cannot wait for you to share them with your brothers, family and friends!”
Brandon R. Chaney
Proprietor & CEO, Fairwinds Estate Winery & Rattlesnake Napa Valley

Experience the benefits and lifestyle!


Membership financially supports Theta Chi.

Club membership options to best fit your budget and lifestyle.

Two shipments of 3 or 6 bottles per year (minimum to retain club level seniority).

Wine received in a keepsake vintage Theta Chi fire-branded wooden crate.

Exclusive access to limited releases and library wines.

Discounted access to online store to replenish your cellar and gift wines to friends & family.

Free wine tasting experiences at Fairwinds in Napa Valley.

Special access to Theta Chi only events and functions.

Your name honored on the 1856 Wine Club Member Plaque at the winery.

Fairwinds Estate wines are offered at 10% off.

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