Jowler Creek Friend Experiences Meeting of a Lifetime with Tesla's Elon Musk

Matthew Chan talks with Elon Musk, co-founder, CEO and Product Architect at Tesla, about how he helped incorporate electric vehicle charging options into our parking lot, with the help of Tesla's destination charging program.

Matthew Chan talks with Elon Musk, co-founder, CEO and Product Architect at Tesla, about how he helped incorporate electric vehicle charging options into our parking lot, with the help of Tesla's destination charging program.

It has been just over a year since we purchased our electric vehicle. It was an idea that my childhood friend Alan Miller and his best friend Matthew Chan brought forth in support of our winery's Green initiatives. Both avid EV enthusiasts, Alan and Matt spent hours talking to us about why an electric vehicle of our own and a destination charger at the winery made sense.

Matt is what some might call a Tesla super fan - as he currently owns two. He connected us with Tesla to help us install the Tesla Destination Charger, as well as a general electric vehicle charger in the Jowler Creek Winery parking lot for our customers.

Sadly, right before Christmas, Matt was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. One of his bucket list items was to meet JB Straubel, Tesla’s chief technology officer, and Franz von Hausen, Tesla’s lead designer. On January 24, 2018, he got to check that off his list. 

Thanks in part to the power of the internet and help form the Tesla fan community, Alan put together a visit to the Tesla factory for Matt on January 24th. During the visit, however, Matt got an experience beyond what he could imagine. Not only did he get a VIP tour and to hang out with Tesla's top car designer Franz von Holzhausen, he also came face-to-face with CEO and co-founder Elon Musk!

The people of Tesla went above and beyond making his dream come true. You can read all the details about Matt's visit below in the recap Alan posted on Facebook .

Our hearts go out to Matt’s beautiful family and Matt as they face the challenges ahead, but this story truly makes us admire Tesla and its community more than ever.

Matthew Chan wanted to give each of the executives he met with at Tesla a bottle of our 2016 Estate Norton wine since it’s sustainably-grown on-site in our vineyard. Here, he presented our wine to Franz von Holzhausen, Chief Designer at Tesla.

Matthew Chan wanted to give each of the executives he met with at Tesla a bottle of our 2016 Estate Norton wine since it’s sustainably-grown on-site in our vineyard. Here, he presented our wine to Franz von Holzhausen, Chief Designer at Tesla.

Side note: Many of you may have met Alan Miller checking you into our Eclipse & Sips event last August... Remember the guy drenched from head to toe who still had a sense of humor?