2015 marked Seghesio Family Vineyards’ 120th anniversary in Sonoma
County. As one of the very few California wineries that can lay claim to a history of more than a century, we cherish the opportunity to recognize and share our history with family, friends and customers.
An enduring legacy
In many ways the story of Seghesio Family Vineyards is the story of the Sonoma County wine industry. It begins with the vision and determination of immigrants and continues through the hardship of Prohibition and the challenges of survival in the 20th and 21st century. It is the story of one family’s adaptation and reinvention, not once, but multiple times. Most of all it is the story of the values we hold dear: heritage, tradition and community. Through five generations and over 120 years, Seghesio Family Vineyards has been proud to be part of the vibrant history and fabric of Sonoma County
Seghesio Family Vineyards was established in 1895 when Italian immigrant and winemaker Edoardo Seghesio planted his first Zinfandel vineyard in what is now Seghesio’s Home Ranch Vineyard in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley.
Edoardo and his wife Angela continued to tend their vineyards through Prohibition and were one of approximately 100 wineries to survive that era. Post-prohibition, Seghesio was a key supplier of grapes and bulk wine to large California wineries.
The modern era saw fourth generation Ted Seghesio make the first wines under the Seghesio label in the early 1980s. Under the leadership and guidance of Ted and his cousin Pete, Seghesio Family Vineyards has become renowned for exceptional Zinfandels and Italian varietals.
In 2011 Seghesio Family Vineyards joined Crimson Wine Group, a company committed to crafting benchmark wines from premier growing regions. Today, winemaker Andy Robinson is at the helm of the cellar. Having worked alongside Ted Seghesio for nearly two decades, Andy became Head Winemaker in 2015. Demonstrating excellence and leadership in winegrowing, fifth generation Seghesio Family member Ned Neumiller serves as Grower Relations & Viticulture Manager. Ned is a 2018 recipient of Sonoma County's "Outstanding Young Person in Agriculture" award and serves on the board of directors for Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley.
In 1934, the year after Prohibition was repealed, patriarch Edoardo Seghesio died, leaving Angela and their children to rebuild without him. They had their original 1895 vineyard at Home Ranch, but to increase production, Angela met with growers, sampling grapes and telling them exactly when to pick.
This way, she identified the ranches with the best soils and, when they became available, bought them: Cloverdale in 1936, River Ranch in 1942, Chen's Vineyard in 1957, Lone Oak in 1960 and Keyhole in 1962. Under the guidance of Ted Seghesio, Montafi Ranch was purchased in 2014.