Everyone knows that Graziano Family of Wines is a staple in Mendocino County – but did you know that nearly 100 years ago, Gregory Graziano‘s grandfather, Vincenzo, planted the first grapes in Mendocino County? Yes, the Graziano name is storied and Greg represents the third generation of winemakers and grape growers. Today, there are four labels under the umbrella of Graziano Family of Wines – Enotria, Monte Volpe, Saint Gregory, and of course, Graziano.
Surprisingly, the Graziano label itself was the most recent added to the Family of Wines in 2001, and specializes in Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. Prior to the Graziano label, Enotria was added in 1997 and features varietals native to the Italian Piedmont region. The first two labels established were Saint Gregory, which features Burgundian styles, and Monte Volpe – specializing in Italian varietals from Central and Southern Italy.
But the Graziano Family of Wines wasn’t Greg’s first foray as a winery owner. After working for his father, he became a founding partner and winemaker for Milano Winery in Hopland. In the mid 80’s, he became a winemaker for La Crema in Sonoma County. Now if you’ve ever met Greg, you know what a bold and “greg”arious personality he is – and his wines reflect a boldness and complexity – those attributes that launched La Crema into the forefront of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producers. These wines were so impressive that they were once served at the White House.
We feel lucky to call Greg Graziano and Graziano Family of Wines a friend and neighbor. You’ll always see Graziano at Winesong, as Greg has been one of the longest standing supporters of the event! Thank you Greg – and thank you for your continued generosity and gift of winemaking!