By MONICA L. DASHWOOD
The third generation of the Sangiacomo family recently introduced the release of small-production wines grown from the Carneros, Napa and Sonoma Coast regions. They intend to craft the finest wines possible from their estate vineyards while positioning themselves as the best producers of new world California chardonnay, pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon.
“We want to create wines that express our vision through our vineyards,” says Steve Sangiacomo. “For 50 years our family has grown chardonnay and pinot grapes for some of the finest wineries in California.”
The Sangiacomo family plans to complement their wine offerings with those of their various wine partners.
In addition, the Sangiacomos wanted to honor the family’s rich history in Sonoma County, as well as create a legacy for generations to come. “We’re getting to the point where the next generation is coming up, and we thought having our own wine label would be a nice addition to the family business,” says Mike Sangiacomo. “We love what we do and we now have the opportunity to share our wines at the table.”
Vittorio and Maria Sangiacomo started the family business in 1927 with the purchase of a 52-acre fruit tree ranch. The family’s next generation carried the apple and pear business forward, and in the late 1960s converted the fruit orchards to premium grape vineyards. Today, they have over 1,600 estate acres in Sonoma and Napa.
Most of the wines under the Sangiacomo label are sold direct-to-consumer and will be made available in select restaurants. Prices range from $55 to $125 per bottle.