Giovanni and Julia Pedroncelli purchased a vineyard, shuttered winery and a home mid-Prohibition in 1927. Working together they forged a family business which today spans four generations, so far.
Pedroncelli was among the earliest on the Sonoma County wine scene and there are many firsts for them: inviting customers to taste wine in the cellar and take away bottles blended by Giovanni, crafting a varietal Zinfandel (1949); adding Sonoma to the label and making a Rosé out of Zinfandel (1954) now more than 60 consecutive vintages; first to plant Cabernet Sauvignon in Dry Creek Valley (1966); early adopters of small oak barrel aging and temperature controlled stainless steel tanks; creating an independent sales & marketing network in the 1980s. Today they work together tending estate vineyards and carrying on the heritage of classic Sonoma County wines.
The winery and vineyards are located in Dry Creek Valley, an American Viticultural Area we helped form.Renowned as prime land for grape growing high quality wines are the result. The climate, where the development in ripening grapes is protected from the heat by the marine fog intrusion in the evenings,is singular and unparalleled. Pedroncelli wines are regionally focused and site specific and we’ve learned to pair the right varietal with the best site creating great character.
Did you know? Half of all Zinfandel planted in Sonoma County is in Dry Creek Valley; it’s been growing here since the 1860s and on our ranch since the early 1900s. Today there are 2500 acres planted valley wide in the smallest of the four major appellations.
Dry Creek Valley and Zinfandel are synonymous so it’s natural that it would be our first and flagship wine. Zinfandel is istinctive when grown here showcasing the berry-pepper dynamic of fruit on one side and the signature spice on the other. Our winemaker Montse Reece says we make spice bombs not fruit bombs. Pedroncelli was first to plant Cabernet Sauvignon in Dry Creek Valley where it flourishes after 50 years. It makes sense that these two varietals total over 50% of estate vineyards and both are considered hallmark wines in the appellation.
With 13 varietals planted on 105 acres as well as sourcing grapes from nearby neighbors and friends we craft wines with delightful acidity, superb balance and significant varietal personality. Pedroncelli wines are made with food, friends and family in mind. You could say they are California wines with an Old World twist, they pair as nicely with your favorite dish as they do in a glass.