Fortino Winery

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Fortino Winery was first established in 1970 when Ernest and Marie Fortino purchased a vineyard that had been growing since the early 1930s. Ernest was drawn to the vineyard because the surrounding land was highly reminiscent of his hometown of Calabria, Italy.
The original vineyards were dry-farmed (no irrigation) and comprised of Ruby Cabernet, Cabernet, Carignan, and Grenache grapes. In 1975 Ernest produced an exceptional Ruby Cabernet, which won double gold in the Los Angeles County Fair that lead to an article about the winery in The New York Times.
In 1995 Ernest passed on the responsibilities of running the winery to his children, Terri and Gino. Over the years the vineyards have expanded to about 50 acres – half of which are still dry-farmed to produce flavor-intense grapes.
Today, Gino makes an effort to produce wines that pay respect to his previous winemaking generations, while reflecting the desires of the modern palate. Fortino Winery has been recognized at local and international competitions, most recently winning silver medals for their 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008 Charbono and Pomegranate Wine.
MORE: 408-842-3305
VISIT: 4525 Hecker Pass Highway, Gilroy

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