A brief history
Rocca Family Vineyards is owned by husband and wife team Mary Rocca and Eric Grigsby. We purchased our first vineyard, the Grigsby Vineyard, in 1999. It is a 21 acre parcel near the corner of Silverado Trail and Yountville Crossroad. Planted in 1989, mainly to Cabernet Sauvignon, it also has small amounts of Syrah and Merlot. We planted our Collinetta Vineyard in 2002, to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Our goal is to produce estate red wines that are full-flavored and expressive, yet velvety smooth and elegant. As our winemaker Paul Colantuoni states, "Eighty percent of winemaking happens in the vineyard. It takes a great site and balanced vines to make great wine." We work carefully with our winegrapes, transforming the fully ripened fruit into wine using long, slow fermentations; frequent punchdowns; gentle pressing; and extended barrel ageing. The wines are bottled without fining or filtration. It is a tightrope walk between gentle handling to avoid harshness, while vigorously extracting all the rich varietal character of the fruit.; Our limited production wines have garnered praise from consumers & connoisseurs, as well as from the press.; Our farming practices for both vineyards are holistic, guided by the closely connected twin goals of sustainable and organic farming to bring the vines into long-term natural balance with their environment, and producing intensely flavored, balanced wines that express the personality of the land that bears them.; Please also visit our website, www.roccawines.com, to find out more information. We look forward to seeing you!