Owner, Winemaker, Family Operation
Gianni Manucci grew up in Santa Cruz (CA), and in his first life, he was busy with architecture & construction for over twenty five years. But, his true roots in grape farming began in Europe over several generations ago which inspired him to get back to his roots "his second life" in 1995. His hands-on personal skills shine in this landmark 40-acre terraced mountaintop vineyard, and his UC-Davis education has gained him many enthusiasts among his club members. Gianni & Kati (his wife), have a unique sense of balance that has transformed their vineyard into a Pueblo village with ancient adobe style architecture, retreat, winemaking/distillation, all harmoniously create a balance at their winery.
Small Boutique Winery Philosophy...
Our philosophy is to be a farmer first, and then a winemaker. As my grandfather used to say “if you grow good grapes, you’ll have good wines”. The old school winemaking is long-gone, and most wines are now mass produced with emphasis on taste and price. To us it is all about being small, but be the best at what we do. Quality is more important than quantity “and up here it's all about pounds of grapes per vine not tons per acre.”