Pelligrini Family Vineyards
The Pellegrini Family is now enlisting the fourth generation into their winemaking legacy. It was in the early 1900’s when Nello and Gino Pellegrini arrived in New York City from Tuscany. They soon traveled to the West Coast and settled in Sonoma County and began growing and shipping grapes. In 1933, after the Repeal of Prohibition, the family began making their own wines. In the mid 1980’s, Robert, Richard, and Jeanne decided to increase the family’s acreage by purchasing the Cloverdale Ranch in the Alexander Valley.
The Pellegrini-UC Davis connection is a strong one. Robert Pellegrini is a third generation winemaker in California and Kasimatis is not the only UC Davis contributor to Pellegrini success; their company has hired and consulted with many graduates of the Viticulture and Enology Department over the years. Merry Edwards, a 1973 graduate of the program was the winemaker for the 2000 Cloverdale Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon. Daughter Laura, a 2000 graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Design created the Olivet Lane label. Others on their winemaking staff include Scott Sisemore, armed with a Master’s Degree in Viticulture and Enology in 2004 currently serves as an associate winemaker for Pellegrini Family Vineyards, while Kevin Hamel and Zach Berkowitz serve as consulting enologist and viticulturist, respectively. Kevin Barr, a 1980 graduate manages the Cloverdale Ranch Vineyard.
The Pellegrini Family has donated generously to the construction of the campus winery, which is scheduled to break ground in 2008.