Seghesio Family Vineyards

Seghesio Family History

About

Seghesio Family Vineyards produces award-winning Zinfandels and Italian varietals that honor the history of Sonoma and the Seghesio family. Today, we are proud to passionately produce almost exclusively estate wines, some from those same vineyards. We look forward to welcoming your to our home. We are proud of our history and wines and cannot wait to share our passion with you. Sharing uncommon ground is our motto and our way of life.

Location Description

Located just blocks from the downtown Healdsburg Plaza.

Features

  • Producing world class wines.

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Average Bottle Price

$ 45

Winemaker

Growing up next door to Seghesio’s Healdsburg winery did not immediately inspire Ted Seghesio to be a winemaker. “I didn’t have a strong impression of winemaking because, in the bulk business, we shipped out all the young wine each December,” he recalls. Instead, Ted developed a fascination for trains, watching tank cars side up to the winery, then depart full of wine. And like many young athletes, he dreamed of becoming a baseball player. Teed attending University of the Pacific and played baseball while earning a bachelor’s in business. Returning home in 1976, he went to work in the family vineyards, expanding his knowledge of viticulture and, particularly, the Seghesio vines. In 1977, at the prompting of his mother, Fay, Ted headed to the University of California at Davis and enrolled in enology and chemistry courses. Returning to Healdsburg in 1979, Ted started converting the Healdsburg bulk winery to premium varietal production, purchasing oak barrels and stainless steel fermentors. “Mom had urged the family to produce wine under the Seghesio brand for years,” Ted says. “She passed away while I was in school, but she knew her dream would be fulfilled. I think she would be proud today.”

The first Seghesio wines were introduced in 1983. As a new label with a long tradition in wine, Ted believes Seghesio benefits from the family heritage, tempered with youth and innovation. “I think the fact that we were not selling 14 different wines under our brand in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s is a definite advantage, because we are not locked into a past era,” he says. “We are not old-fashioned. Our third and fourth-generation family members are dynamic, flexible and adapt well to the changing marketplace.”

Ted believes winemaking truly begins in the vineyard: “You must do all you can to produce good grapes, then guide them into wine,” he explains. “My goal is to make the best wine we can, a wine that is accessible when young, yet balanced to age.”

Again, Ted views Seghesio’s long history as a benefit in terms of wine quality: “We have grown and harvested fruit from our vineyards for many, many years. We know what they are capable of producing and we’re always striving to increase fruit quality through knowledge and innovation. Our intent is to create wines that embody Sonoma’s regional distinctiveness.” Ted will tell you his goal as a winemaker is to make a wine people seek out. And that he has done, as his wines have been named to the Wine Spectator’s annual Top 100 List eight times. Ted has been honored with Decanter’s Best American Red Trophy in 2007, by Food & Wine’s American Wine Awards and by the San Francisco Chronicle’s Wine Competition as Winemaker of the Year. Ted and his large family live in the Healdsburg area, where he enjoys cycling through the vineyards and the abundance of Sonoma County’s rich landscape.

History

Edoardo Seghesio planted his first Zinfandel vineyard in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley in 1895.

Practices & Techniques

Farming:

Vineyard Manager Jim Neumiller and his son, Grower Relations and Viticulture Manager Ned Neumiller, represent the Seghesio family’s fourth-and fifth-generation of winegrowers. For years, Jim and Ned worked side-by-side with third-generation grower Peter Seghesio, who learned the trade from his family. In managing Seghesio’s unique and exceptional vineyard sites, carefully selected over a century, Jim and Ned balance generations of experience with the most advanced modern viticultural practices, ensuring the highest quality grapes with each vintage.

To achieve our goal of balance for each vine, we use lower-vigor rootstocks in tandem with cover crops. In order to achieve uniform ripening, our vineyard crews practice rigorous hand-farming practices for aggressive shoot suckering, canopy leafing, weak shoot fruit removal, removal of touching clusters, veraison thinning and post-veraison “touch up” passes. The result of such meticulous work leads to yields far below the industry average.

Great wines are made in the vineyard. Great vineyards are made through knowledge of the land. Seghesio is fortunate to have had five consecutive generations dedicated to shepherding the grapes from field to bottle.

Commitment to Sustainability:

Sustainability is not static – it is living work. Its core definition states that in accomplishing our goals, we do not compromise the natural resources future generations will require to meet their own goals. While Seghesio first formally adopted sustainable farming in 2003, our grandparents instilled in us a deep respect for the land that has provided both homes and a way of life for five generations of our family. Sustainability is a primary objective in every aspect of our operation– our farming practices, how responsibly we use the earth’s resources and how we treat our fellow employees. In our continuing efforts toward a higher platform of sustainability, we work to minimize our impact on the land and ecosystems upon which our survival depends.

A philosophy that is good for the land is also good for people. In an effort to create best in class employment standards, we have been utilizing the U.S. Government’s H2a immigration work visa program since 2008. Each year we travel to Mexico where we recruit skilled vineyard workers, help them acquire temporary work visas through the program, then safely and legally transport them north to live and work with us for nine months, after which they return home. Farm superintendents have been provided homes on our ranches since our grandfather’s time. In 2001, in an effort to address the escalating cost of living in Sonoma County, we constructed the Hacienda on our Home Ranch, where our vineyard team may live, should they so choose. Today, the Hacienda is home to 38 men.

We farm utilizing the greenest inputs possible to sustainably foster the long-term health of our vineyards while maintaining the highest quality hand-farmed fruit. In the winery, new processes aimed at the conservation of resources, primarily energy and water usage, have been adopted. Sustainability is our commitment toward Sharing Uncommon Ground for generations to come.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

HOME RANCH, RATTLESNAKE HILL, AND SISTERS

With only 8-16 inches of topsoil and clay soils with varying underlying layers of basalt, sandstone, and volcanic rock, vines have a difficult time surviving. Alexander Valley is characterized by warm days tempered by cooling afternoon breezes.

Total Acreage Home Ranch: 130 acres (60% Zinfandel, 20% Sangiovese, 15% Petite Sirah, 5% Barbera) Total Acreage Rattlesnake Hill: 30 acres (65% Sangiovese, 35% Zinfandel) Total Acreage Sisters: 15 acres (75% Zinfandel, 25% Aglianico)

SAN LORENZO

This vineyard’s bench and ridge blocks lie above the fog layer and are rooted in clay loams, while the floor, situated along the Russian River, is composed of gravelly silt loam and shrouded by fog throughout the summer months.

Total Acreage: 30 acres (75% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, 5% mixed reds)

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Hours

Mon - Sun: 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Address

700 Grove St
Healdsburg, California 95448
United States

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