Buck Sangiacomo is a true farmer at heart, a man with the need to grow things and to be surrounded by open spaces. A second generation partner at Sangiacomo Family Vineyards, he considers himself lucky to have grown up on the family ranch. He learned to drive the family's 1932 Model A Ford at age six and has been mastering the intricacies of farming ever since.
Today he manages all ranch operations, from overseeing field crews to scheduling grape deliveries. An incredibly hard worker, he still -- well into his 80s -- rises at 2 a.m. during the harvest season to ensure the grapes are picked at their peak and delivered on time.
He is very proud of his family and their achievements. He credits much of his family's success to the ability to blend family and business with no friction. He and his siblings meet every morning over breakfast at the kitchen table to discuss the day's activities -- and of course -- chat about the weather.
He has been instrumental in grooming his niece and nephews to take over the family business. He remains fond of saying that you have to have new blood to move the family business forward and old blood to slow the young ones down a bit.
He loves living in Sonoma Valley and has been a Schell-Vista volunteer fireman for over sixty years. He lives on the ranch with his wife, Sue, and their two dogs.