The People Real people making world class wines. Approachable legends. Stewards of the land. Authentic people who identify themselves as farmers who make wine.
The Coast Nearby Pacific Ocean sends on-shore breezes and fog to cool vineyards. Proximity to brisk water creates cooling effect that results in wine textures from structured to silky.
The Fog Fog cools vineyards and develops full flavor maturity of grapes. Cool-climate grapes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are nurtured by seasonal fog.
The Soil Combination of fractured sandstone and sandy loam create Goldridge soil; ideal for cool climate grapes. Variety of soils foster diversity of wines throughout valley.
Russian River Valley
"What I love most about growing and producing chardonnay in the Russian River Valley is the diversity of the fruit that is grown here. From east to west and north to south, you get completely different fruit, producing different styles of wine, one being lush and rich with texture and the other style being very lean, fruit driven and very lively acid".
- Giovianni Balistreri, Winemaker
Since 1956 the Bacigalupi Family has been growing grapes on Westside Road in the Russian River Valley. The family crafts small production wines from their 125 acre estate, and also provides fruit for well known wineries in both Napa and Sonoma.
The Bacigalupi’s gained recognition as growers during the 1976 Paris tasting when the 1973 Napa Valley Chardonnay from Château Montelena with Bacigalupi fruit triumphed over many acclaimed French wines to be declared the undisputed winner. This event was to be the turning point in America’s global wine image. That same block of Chardonnay used to produce this worldly renowned wine is still in existence today and carefully tended by the family. The Bacigalupi Family strive to preserve their legacy and the nuances of each vintage and vineyard by growing grapes in an adaptable manner; fostering relationships that are honest, respectful, and collaborative; making rich, refined, and layered wines with minimal intervention; and by welcoming guests with tranquil, unpretentious hospitality.
With 65 years of experience in the grape growing and wine industry the family is also known for sourcing fruit to some of Sonoma and Napa’s most sought after names. With now 3 generations involved and winemaker Ashley Hertzberg leading the winemaking endeavor the family showcases wines under their own label at their tasting room on Westside Road just outside Healdsburg
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