The History of Trentadue Winery

The Trentadue family arrived in Sonoma County long before the region gained a reputation as the Wine Country. Life-long, hands-on agriculturists, Evelyn and Leo Trentadue contributed significantly to the advancement of the region over the years. In 1959, the Trentadues decided to flee the developers encroaching on their apricot and cherry orchards in Sunnyvale, the area known today around the world as Silicon Valley. To preserve their way of life, these hard-working Italian ranchers purchased 208 acres of land in Sonoma County’s then remote Alexander Valley.

There was little market for the region’s dry-farmed apples, prunes, pears, and grapes in the late 1950s, so land was cheap and plentiful. Scores of ranches were for sale but, because it was blessed with an excellent combination of climate, soil, and water, Leo settled on a special piece of property in the heart of the Alexander Valley.

The piece of land, which is now home to Trentadue Winery, has a remarkable history. In 1868, a French botanist named Andrew Bouton established Heart’s Desire Nursery on this excellent site east of the railroad tracks. His reputation attracted the attention of a young man named Luther Burbank who visited Bouton frequently.

Life-long, hands-on agriculturists, Evelyn and Leo Trentadue contributed significantly to the advancement of the region over the years. Their legacy lives on as Trentadue Winery continues to remain family owned and operated to this day.

Vineyards

 

Leo, his father-in-law Gino Paroli, and Victor pressing grapes circa early 1960’s

For over 55 years, we have been growing premium wine grapes, with some vines dating back to 1886.  Our estate is currently home to 11 grape varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Montepulciano, Carignane, Zinfandel and Merlot.

Our farming practices reflect our commitment to exceptional fruit quality and our stewardship of the land from which it comes. We strive to balance the traditions of the area’s early Italian growers and the ever-evolving viticulture industry.  Sustainable agriculture is practiced, as we are stewards of our land and utilize all of the elements available to put the most we can offer into each bottle of wine while retaining the viability of our Estate for generations to come.

Evelyn on tractor with Leo

Crushing grapes outside the old barn in 1971

Leo transferring grapes from picking bin to truck circa 1970’s