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Sangiacomo Family Announces a Series of Wines under Their Own Label

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By MONICA L. DASHWOOD

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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.

Sonoma Barrel Auction honors Bundschu, Sangiacomo

By Kathleen Hill

At last week’s Sonoma County Barrel Auction, led by Sonoma County Vintners director Jean Arnold Sessions of Sonoma, fifth generation Sonoma winemaker Jim Bundschu and Angelo Sangiacomo were recognized for their “lifelong contributions to winemaking and grape growing in our region.”

A little background: Jacob Bundschu bought 400 acres southeast of Sonoma in 1858 and named it Rhinefarm, for his Bavarian origins, which makes it the oldest continuously operating winery in California. In 1868, Bundschu and friends planted 60,000 vines and eventually made wine in their San Francisco factory at Second and Bryant streets.

The 1906 earthquake dealt Gundlach its first setback by destroying its San Francisco production facility, after which they moved family and what was left to the Sonoma property.

During Prohibition they couldn’t sell wine, so they let the vines go, replacing that crop with cattle under the leadership of Jim Bundschu’s parents, Mary and Towle Bundschu.

In 1969, Jim Bundschu started to replant the vineyard in the cow-fertilized soil, and then became president of the company in 1970, establishing it as a leader in sustainable winemaking. So many of us enjoyed Jim’s early vintages as the house wine at the Swiss Hotel.By

Jeff Bundschu took over as president in 2000.

Growing up on the family farm, Angelo Sangiacomo helped convert his family’s pear orchard into vineyard on prime land in the 1960s, now leading the family enterprise covering more than 1,600 acres.

Ang’s father, Vittorio Sangiacomo, left Genoa, Italy for America in 1913, and started his first job at age 17 working at Bay Farm Island in Alameda County, followed by scavenger (garbage) jobs in San Francisco. Ready to get back to the land, he purchased 52 acres of fruit orchard in Sonoma Valley in 1927, now called Home Ranch. In 1928 Vittorio married Maria, also from Genoa.

Eventually grapes replaced pears and now Ang, Buck, Lorraine, and next generation Mike, Steve, and sister Mia’s husband, Mike Pucci, manage the enterprise, which produces some of the most valued and sustainably grown grapes in California.

Jim Pedroncelli of Pedroncelli Winery in Geyserville was also recognized.

Sangiacomos: Farm, family are core

Sangiacomos: Farm, Family Are Core

BY DAVID TEMPLETON

For Steve Sangiacomo and his siblings Michael and Mia, the notion of farm and family are as inseparable as grapes are from a good bottle of wine.

Started in Sonoma in 1927 by Vittorio and Maria Sangiacomo, the sprawling Sangiacomo Vineyards enterprise includes several vineyards in Sonoma Valley and elsewhere in the county. The Sangiacomos have been named by the Sonoma County Farm Bureau as this year’s Farm Family of the Year, the award to be presented this Thursday night at the Bureau’s “Love of the Land” dinner at Richard’s Grove and Saralee’s Vineyard in Windsor. Read full article.