The Bacigalupi Vineyards are in the Russian River Valley, in Sonoma County. This iconic grape growing appellation is known for producing some of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Sonoma County has to offer. The Bacigalupi Vineyards are in the northernmost portion of the Russian River Valley, closest to the town of Healdsburg and the Dry Creek Valley. The cooler weather and combination of volcanic, alluvial and sedimentary soils create wines of balance and elegance.
Helen and Charles Bacigalupi purchased the ranch in 1956 and slowly began to cultivate the existing vines and plant new acreage. Over the years they acquired two more ranches, each with their own storied grape growing history. Now in their fourth generation of farming they have some of the most sought-after fruit in the Russian River Valley and make incredible wines of their own.
The Bacigalupi family was at the forefront of Sonoma County becoming known as one of the best places in the world to grow wine grapes. During the 1976 Judgement Of Paris tasting, the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, containing fruit from the Bacigalupi vineyards was an undisputed winner. This event is credited with putting American wines on the map and showing the wine world that great wines were being made outside of Europe.
The Gregory James Bacigalupi Pinot Noir is made up of a combination of clones that create a multidimensional wine that is an expression of the varietal’s Burgundian lineage. With aromas of black tea, raspberry, strawberry and hints of white pepper. The palate is balanced with fine tannins, refreshing acid, red fruit and undertones of vanilla bean from barrel aging in 100% French oak barrels.