Scotto Family Wines
It all began in 1883 when Salvatore Dominic Scotto, an officer in the Italian Navy, made red wine for his family from his home on the island of Ischia, which was shared with friends and neighbours, as is the Italian way of life. Second generation Dominic Scotto emigrated to America with his family in 1903, settled in Brooklyn, and continued the family's winemaking tradition, selling his wine in five gallon jugs from a horse-drawn cart. In the 1940's third generation brothers Anthony Sr. and Sal created Villa Armando wine, and sold it door to door. This Old World style of wine is still produced today by the Scottos. In 1946 the brothers opened D. Scotto Wines in Brooklyn to sell quality wines from around the world; this was one of Brooklyn's first liquor stores, and it is still in business today under new owners. 1963 saw the family acquiring their first vineyard and winery in the Livermore Valley of California and, through the 1980's, fourth generation Anthony Scotto II grew the business as a winery owner, winemaker, wine exporter and consultant. Scotto Cellars was launched in 2004 (for the US market), and Scotto Family Wines in 2009 (for the export market), and today the 5th generation, great great grandchildren of the founder are honouring the past and embracing the future. And it is a real family affair, with Paul the winemaker, Anthony the CEO, Michael overseeing production and logistics, and Natalie the COO, and also the proprietor J. McClelland Cellars in the Napa Valley and the J. Woods Beverage Group. Anthony's son Santino is waiting in the wings, ensuring the legacy of this iconic producer. Scotto are based in Lodi, in the San Joaquin County of California, an appellation renowned for its rich and spicy multi-layered old vine Zinfandel wines. Scotto craft small-lot artisanal award-wining wines from grapes sourced from their own vineyards and their Scotto Family Wines partners with whom they share a multi-generational history, including the Fry family's Mohr-Fry Ranch Vineyard in Lodi, and Ron Silva's Silvaspoons Vineyard in the Alta Mesa region of Lodi. Scotto craft a spectrum of wines; crisp clean whites, refreshing rosé and bold reds. Producing quality wines to share with friends and family around a dinner table. That they are good value for money has always been the family tradition, and their wines do represent exceptional value. Their heritage is honoured on their labels where you will see a horse-drawn cart, representing a winemaking tradition passed down from generation to generation.