Bacigalupi Vineyard

Grape Stats

Pinot Noir and Zinfandel

Old Wente and DuPratt

St. George and St. George

Vineyard Stats

Pinot Noir and Zinfandel

Number of acres:
3.5 and 1.9

North to South and East to West

Knoll to Flat/Flat Bench and Flat Bench

200 feet and 130 feet

Soil Type:
Red clay, rocky loam and Cross-bedded quartzose sands and gravels

Bilateral cordon and Head trained

Yes and No

Cover crop:
All vineyards have native grasses let go to seed and mowed. No tilling.

The Bacigalupi family grows both Zinfandel and Pinot Noir for Williams Selyem in three separate areas of their vineyards. The Zinfandel comes from a block known as Frost 3B while the Pinot Noir comes from the SE Block G#8. The Bacigalupis have been growing for Williams Selyem since 1999.

Charles Bacigalupi’s family reached California from Italy in about 1872. While Charles was a dentist, his roots went deep into wine. Both sets of grandparents had wineries. In 1950, Charles and his wife Helen, a pharmacist, bought a small farm growing prunes, peaches, cherries, and a few acres of grapes. They started planting Pinot Noir in 1964, and grapes now take up four vineyard parcels. Their son John and his family lovingly carry on the family business. Charles passed away in late October of 2013.

Vineyard History:

When California wines resoundingly defeated the French in the 1976 taste challenge in Paris, the Chardonnay grapes that made California wine famous came from Helen and Charles Bacigalupi’s vineyard. Their farming practices were ahead of the sustainable agriculture movement by about 40 years. For decades the vineyards had been no-till, with very few chemicals used. The vines are trained high, as much as four feet from the ground to the fruit, because the Bacigalupi’s found this improves air circulation and makes for easier picking—getting the fruit in faster and minimizing bruising.

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