Galleron Signature Wines
In 1993, Gary Galleron established Galleron Signature Wines. His grandparents, Angele and Virgile, were French immigrants who moved to Rutherford in 1918. They bought about 400 acres and began planting vineyards, walnuts, and prunes. The Gallerons also raised sheep on the land.
Growing up on the family farm, winemaking has always been in Gary’s blood. In 1976, he graduated from Fresno State with a degree in viticulture and enology. He then began a fruitful apprenticeship under Mike Grgich at Chateau Montelena. That same year, Grgich won the white wine category at the famous 1976 Paris Blind Tasting.
After leaving Chateau Montelena, Gary Galleron worked for a number of other premium wineries. These included Grace Family, Vineyard 29, and Whitehall Lane. After honing his skills for almost two decades, Galleron started his own venture in 1993. From the beginning, he has focused on vineyard designate wines.
The 2000 Galleron Zinfandel is sourced from Branham Vineyard in the Rockpile AVA. This is arguably the best area for Zin in the entire state. Considering there are thousands of old Zinfandel vines in California, this is saying a lot. Galleron also makes Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Chenin Blanc.