Puccioni Vineyards is located in the Dry Creek AVA and specializes in old vine Zinfandel. Angelo Puccioni established a winery in 1919 that was able to operate through Prohibition with a special permit from the government. Ironically, the market dried up after the 21st amendment repealed the 18th, and the winery went out of business in 1935.
But the Puccioni Family continued to grow grapes even during these difficult times. They have always adhered to the traditions of their ancestors, and were farming their vines with a mule and plow as late as 1968. Only when the mule finally passed away did Angelo’s son, Louie, purchase a tractor.
The 3rd and 4th generation of the family still lives on the same property that Angelo settled over a century ago. The vines are planted on west-facing slopes that range from 400 to 1,000 feet above the valley floor.
His extensive winemaking experience includes working for Beaulieu Vineyard, Benziger Family Winery, and Sterling Vineyards. Mr. Proctor makes a single, outstanding Zinfandel using mainly grapes from his family’s estate. The Puccioni 2004 Old Vine Zinfandel is made from two separate blocks of grapes: one is 50-60 years old, the other is 90-100 years old (Angelo’s original vines). 18% Petite Sirah from Lambert Bridge Vineyards is blended into this wine. Only 230 cases were produced, and 225 cases are planned for 2005.