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Seghesio

In 1886 Edoardo Seghesio left his home in Piedmont and emigrated to America, settling in the Alexander Valley of Sonoma County. Here in the Italian Swiss Colony, like so many other Italian immigrants, he was able to continue his passion of winemaking. In time he married his boss' niece, Angela, and in 1895 they acquired a 56 acre piece of land and planted some vines, on what would become the Home Ranch Vineyard. The majority of those vines were Zinfandel, which became the flagship grape variety for Seghesio, and they a landmark winery for Sonoma County. During Prohibition Seghesio was one of only 100 wineries who survived out of more than 2,000, by continuing to grow and sell grapes, grape juice and grape concentrate. The concentrate blocks warned people not to add yeast – lest they should end up with wine! Post-Prohibition Seghesio flourished in the bulk wine business, selling cheaper Zinfandels and table wines until the 1990's. They then reorganised, reducing yields and improving quality, which elevated them to one of the finest Zinfandel producers in the world. Seghesio has been owned by the Crimson Wine Group since 2011, but the Seghesio family remain closely involved with the running of the estate with fifth generation Ned Neumiller, the great-great grandson of the founder, as the Viticulture Director. Seghesio source grapes from top vineyards in Sonoma County from growers with whom they have had a relationship for generations, and gained a deep understanding of their fruit, which supplements the grapes from their own more than 300 acres of certified sustainable estate vineyards. These are spread through the Alexander, Russian River and Dry Creek Valleys of Sonoma County. Seghesio are the custodians of many old head-trained Zinfandel vines. “Old vine” is an unregulated term, but Seghesio define “old vine” as a minimum of 50 years. However they produce their Old Vine Zinfandel from vines with an average age closer to 75 years. They also have a precious number of the original Zinfandel vines planted at the Home Ranch Vineyard by Edoardo Seghesio in 1895. These low-yielding gnarly old vines produce extraordinary wines with incredible complexity and concentration, and elevates the profile of many of their signature Zinfandels. In the Chianti Station Vineyard planted in 1910 by the Seghesio family, they also maintain the oldest block of Sangiovese vines in North America: these are an heirloom clone that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Seghesio produce a stunning portfolio of wines, focusing on the fascinating Zinfandel grape, for which they have garnered a raft of gold medals and trophies. But they also produce an Italian Heritage range which includes a wonderful fruit-driven Arneis (originally from the Piedmont region of Italy, the founder’s place of birth). It's about the three V's at Seghesio – passionately crafting wines that reflect the character of each Variety, Vineyard and Vintage. They fervently believe in Zinfandel as a world-class variety; practically all grape varieties have their spiritual home somewhere in the old world, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy for example. Zinfandel is America's signature grape, and Seghesio argue that it has found its spiritual home in Sonoma County. They say “there is no old world benchmark for Zinfandel – instead there is Seghesio”!

www.seghesio.com