In 1934, the year after Prohibition was repealed, patriarch Edoardo Seghesio died, leaving Angela and their children to rebuild without him. They had their original 1895 vineyard at Home Ranch, but to increase production, Angela met with growers, sampling grapes and telling them exactly when to pick. This way, she identified the ranches with the best soils and, when they became available, bought them: Cloverdale in 1936, River Ranch in 1942, Chen's Vineyard in 1957, Lone Oak in 1960 and Keyhole in 1962. Under the guidance of Ted Seghesio, Montafi Ranch was purchased in 2014.
No land was selected by accident. Each site was carefully chosen for its potential to grow world-class grapes. From these vineyards, as well as a select few owned and farmed by independent growers equally committed to excellence, we produce the highest quality wines to this day.
With only 8-16 inches of topsoil and clay soils with varying underlying layers of basalt, sandstone, and volcanic rock, vines have a difficult time surviving. Alexander Valley is characterized by warm days tempered by cooling afternoon breezes.
Total Acreage Home Ranch: 130 acres (60% Zinfandel, 20% Sangiovese, 15% Petite Sirah, 5% Barbera) Total Acreage Rattlesnake Hill: 30 acres (65% Sangiovese, 35% Zinfandel) Total Acreage Sisters: 15 acres (75% Zinfandel, 25% Aglianico)
Estate Owned Since 1895
This Zinfandel field blend planted in 1926 by Bernardo Montafi resides on the eastern bench of the Santa Rosa plains in northern Russian River Valley. Small clusters and low yields from these deep-rooted, head trained vines exemplify character and complexity.
Total Acreage: 21 acres (99% Zinfandel, 1% Alicante Bouschet)
Estate Owned Since 2015
America’s oldest Sangiovese vineyard derives its name from a tiny railway station in Northern Sonoma’s Alexander Valley. This valley so much resembled their native land that the first Italian immigrants named the stops along the track for the wines they sensed would flourish here. Trusting their intuition, in 1910, the Seghesio Family planted a Sangiovese based field blend in their Chianti Station vineyard, according to the classic Tuscan tradition.
Total Acreage: 1.5 acres (Sangiovese field blend interplanted with Canaiolo Nero, Malvasia and Trebbiano)
Estate Owned Since 1910
With mornings shrouded in fog during the summer months, this Dry Creek Valley ranch’s diverse soils consist primarily of a gravelly loam called Cortina.
Total Acreage: 45 acres (100% Zinfandel)
ESTATE FARMED SINCE 1957
Located on the eastern bench of northern Alexander Valley, River Road is the warmest of our vineyards. Yolo and gravelly sandy loams are the result of this vineyard’s proximity to the Russian River.
Total Acreage: 56 acres (100% Zinfandel)
ESTATE OWNED SINCE 1942
Climatically, Alexander Valley tends to be warmer as one moves north up the valley. The well-drained soils here are composed primarily of gravel (Yolo) based loams.
Total Acreage: 25 acres (100% Zinfandel)
ESTATE OWNED SINCE 1971
Located in northern Russian River Valley, this vineyard’s microclimate is tempered by cool coastal breezes and frequent summer-morning fog. The soils are composed of gravel and clay loams.
Total Acreage: 72 acres (40% Pinot Grigio, 35% Arneis, 25% Vermentino)
ESTATE OWNED SINCE 1961
After five generations of stewardship, the family has learned that world class wine starts in the vineyard. Seghesio is committed to continually improving the health of our vineyards so the next generation can continue the tradition.