Baiocchi Winery & Vineyards

2011 Baiocchi Grenache Sharon's Vineyard Well-Made And Complex California Sierra Foothills Red Wine


From the moment the idea took shape to produce premium, small lot wines, we have stayed focused on the land, the fruit, the wine, and the life. With that in mind, our mission is to produce fine wine, from exceptional grapes, grown in a high altitude setting. As we continue to learn about balance and harmony, and their relationship to winemaking, we consider the individual elements from which wine is derived: soil, water, fruit, and craft. From the composition of the soil, to the handling of the grapes, our wines speak to this relationship.

Location Description

Located in the Fair Play AVA, and situated among the rocky, granitic hillsides of the Sierra Nevada foothills.


  • Producing high quality, small lot wines.

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How does one go from skydiving to winemaking? Very carefully, my friend, very carefully. While it was not a traditional path, it was my path. My passion for making great wine was born from a passion for enjoying it – namely, with friends, after many successful skydiving and base-jumping adventures. Learning to appreciate and enjoy fine wine led to an education in viticulture and winemaking through the U.C. Davis Extension Winemaking Program. During the same period, I gained valuable, practical experience via hands-on work at two Northern California winemaking properties: Miraflores Winery and Big Basin Vineyards, where I had the honor of being mentored by Proprietor and Winemaker, Bradley Brown.

I hope that friend who opened airplane doors for me, as well as many a bottle of fine wine, finds himself someday sitting with friends, post-jump, enjoying a bottle of Baiocchi wine.

The Team

They say genetic traits can skip generations. I would argue that passions can as well. This was the case for my father, who grew up watching my grandfather, Maggio Baiocchi, make wine. While the smell alone was enough to dissuade my dad from following in his father’s footsteps, it was not enough to keep me from doing so. As a boy of five or six, I remember watching my grandfather in his basement, working the old equipment. The sights, sounds and smells of watching my grandfather make wine are still vividly alive for me today.

Many decades later, that long dormant seed in my soul was watered, thanks to my wife, Sharon, who opened my eyes not so much to the person I was supposed to become, but the person I came to rediscover. Now, our son Nicholas is preparing to enter the family business after completing a formal education in Wine Business Management.

Practices & Techniques

Wine production is as old as the hills – literally. And our approach to winemaking is most definitely old school, and we believe the respect we show the land is captured in every bottle of wine we produce.

The land gives us sustenance, and we repay that debt with sustainable vineyard practices. The rocky, granitic hillsides with cool evening breezes nurtures our grapes throughout the growing season, forming the foundation to create elegant wines in the Southern Rhone tradition.

Because we carefully touch each part of the process, Baiocchi Wines are truly hand crafted (and we have the calluses to prove it). However, we put much more than our hands into our wine; we pour our lives into it the wine we make, as many have done before us.

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Hours of Operation: Thursday - Sunday from 11:00am – 5:00pm


2145 Hidden Ranch Road
Somerset, California 95684
United States

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