Our Italian varietals and storied red blends honor the legacy of the Seghesio Family, and are inspired by the similarity of Sonoma County’s climate and topography to their native northern Italy.
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Arneis originates from the hills of Roero, northwest of Alba in the Piedmont region of Italy from where Edoardo Seghesio emigrated. Arneis translates to “little rascal,” due to its thin skinned berries and tightly formed cluster anatomy. This delicate nature brings challenges in the vineyard. Today, we farm three separate blocks at our Keyhole Ranch, where the cool, marine influenced climate produces highly expressive Arneis.
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This distinctive blend is tribute to the history and strength of the Seghesio Family. At the winery’s centennial celebration in 1995, wine industry icon Mario Perelli-Minetti toasted founding matriarch, Angela Seghesio, and the “defiant” attitude with which she faced the industry’s challenges. With the Seghesio family’s conviction and determination, the winery survived prohibition and has been making wine continuously since 1895.
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Recently, the Seghesio Family began an extensive vineyard replanting program that sought to grow intriguing varieties in the most suitable locations. Vermentino was planted in 2008, with 2011 marking the first vintage of this wine. While Vermentino’s exact origins are unclear, it thrives along the Mediterranean coasts of France and Italy, and is well suited to the Russian River Valley’s marine influenced climate.
Aglianico, a historic red grape dating to the seventh century BC, is prized by winemakers for its concentrated and vibrant fruit. One of the best kept secrets of its native Italy, Aglianico also makes a delicious Rosato! We have made ours in the traditional style - bright, fresh, and completely dry.
The next vintage will be released in Summer 2020
Aglianico, a historic grape dating to the seventh century BC, is prized by winemakers for its concentrated, vibrant, black fruit. One of the best kept secrets of its native Italy, Aglianico enjoys the sunshine of the Campania and Basilicata regions of Southern Italy. Seghesio Family Vineyards farms a small amount of this Noble varietal on the hillside of our Sisters vineyard on the Home Ranch in Alexander Valley. There, the warm, sun-filled days parallel that of its home in Italy.
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Edoardo Seghesio immigrated to America from the Piedmont region of Italy, home to Barbera. In 1895, he planted his first vineyards to grapes he had come to enjoy in his new country, yet one vineyard was saved for varietals from his homeland. Our historic, proprietary Barbera clones benefit from the warm, dry days in northern Alexander Valley, where the grape’s classic acidity creates a wine with vibrant aromas and a velvety texture. This wine is 100% Barbera from our Estate Home Ranch in Alexander Valley.
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. Today, we know how wise they were.
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Growing and producing world-class Sangiovese is not for the faint of heart. Rattlesnakes, thistle and America’s most unique clone of Sangiovese are all that thrive atop Rattlesnake Hill on our Home Ranch. The 40% slope, shallow topsoil and virtually impenetrable volcanic shale are the perfect antidote for taming this vigorous varietal into producing intensely flavored grapes. The clone, planted in 1910 by Edoardo Seghesio in America’s oldest Sangiovese vineyard, produces small-berried, loosely formed clusters. This wine is 100% Sangiovese from Rattlesnake Hill on our Home Ranch estate in Alexander Valley.
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In 1975, Ed Seghesio co-fermented an equal blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane for his own consumption. When the Seghesio family released the first wines under their name in 1983, Ed’s blend was bottled and released in honor of his beloved wife, Fay Marian. It was at Fay’s urging that their son Ted became the family’s fourth-generation winemaker. To showcase the varietal characteristics of these remarkable old vines while honoring his mother, Ted began producing Marian’s Reserve again in 2004.
David’s Heritage Red was born as an offspring to Marian’s Reserve, which longtime Seghesio fans know as an elegant red blend honoring Fay Marian, wife to third generation winemaker Ed Seghesio. This new blend honors the youngest of their children, David Seghesio, who joined the family business in 1983 as a master technician. In the realm of mechanics he was a Renaissance man, displaying skills from engineering to restoration that always left us in awe. David passed away in 2017 and with this wine we honor the legacy of his ambition and dauntless ingenuity.