Established by James Frasinetti in 1897, Frasinetti’s Winery is located in the Clarksburg AVA just south of the City of Sacramento. In the years just before Prohibition, the winery owned over 400 acres of vineyards.
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After the 18th amendment was enacted, Frasinetti’s Winery continued to produce a small amount of wine for the Catholic Church but focused on selling grapes to home winemakers under the Volstead Act. This law allowed households to produce wine for personal consumption.
When Prohibition was repealed with the passing of the 21st amendment, the winery began expanding once more. The Frasinetti Family weathered the dark years of the 1940s and 1950s when few California wineries were thriving. This left them perfectly poised for the wine renaissance of the 1960s and 1970s.
James Frasinetti’s grandsons, Howard and Gary, currently own and operate the family winery. During the 1990s, they also established a restaurant on their property which serves lunch and dinner.
Frasinetti’s Winery currently produces Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cerasolo (blush sparkling wine made with Carignane and Petite Sirah), and a limited edition Port-style wine.