Don and Patsy Calegari’s story starts in 1977 when they purchased a 40 acre parcel on Eastside Road in the heart of the Russian River Valley which would become the Calegari home site and future vineyard.
Since his childhood days, Don had fond memories of making wine and stomping grapes with his grandfather in the basement of his grandparent’s house. When Don and Patsy acquired the idyllic property, Don had the opportunity to continue his interest and love of making wine. In 1980, they planted two meager rows of Zinfandel to help fulfill that goal.
Making the wine in the horse barn since the early 80’s they were always excited and amazed with the results. They were enamored with the color and intensity of the Zinfandel that they were making.
Mike Lee from Kenwood at the time had visited the property and declared that it could be a great spot for Pinot Noir and helped Don and Patsy plan the vineyard. This gave them encouragement that their site truly had some potential outside of their homemade wine.
It took some time for Don and Patsy to find the right vineyard management group to plant the vineyard. Through a very arduous interview process to find the right fit, they came to work with Doug Lloyd and Chris Bowland, both vineyard managers for other Williams Selyem vineyards.