“I like the fact we don’t have vineyards, because that gives me more options as a winemaker,” said Ray, “I devote my passions into finding the best grapes for a particular varietal, and to exploring the vast options of Italian varietals at hand.”
While we take advantage of some modern technologies available to today’s winemakers, we do so cautiously. We much prefer the Old World methods, such as gently pressing our grapes, aging our wine an average of 22 months, and using only the finest French, American, and Italian oak barrels. There is no compromising our cherished ideals of color, aroma, flavor and quality. Winemaker Ray D’Argenzio is regarded highly in the community for his grape selection and collection of varietals.
+ Our grapes are grown in the world-class region of Sonoma County. They are aged between 18- 24 months in French and American oak barrels. With an outstanding growing season in Sonoma County, we are primarily producing vintages from two appellations: Russian River Valley and Dry Creek Valley. In 2002 we released an excellent Merlot from Rutherford, adding Napa Valley to our repertoire. We also created our first Vino Bianco in 2003, an Italian White called Tocai Friulano.
+ Known for Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet Sauvignon, but more uniquely – the array of Italian varietals including: Tocai Friulano, Moscato di Fresco, Sangiovese, Super Tuscan, Barbera, and D’Amarone.
Ray D’Argenzio’s daughter – Breanna D’Argenzio is now making wine, her first vintage being a 2008 Sangiovese from Amador County. She crafted this wine in an Italian Chianti style, which she learned about while studying in Italy. Breanna’s main focus in the company is on the Wine Club and Tasting Room, but will continue to make more wine in the upcoming vintages.
See a Map of All the Vineyards that we Source our Grapes from