Jacuzzi Vineyards…California Part 6
For the past year, I have shared different segments of our California Vacation. I decided it was time add to the series. During our California trip, one of our adventures was Sonoma…I absolutely adored this town!!!! I can’t speak highly enough about it. Our first stop was The Jacuzzi and The Olive Press. Here is their story…
The Jacuzzi trek to America started in 1907, when Valeriano and Francesco Jacuzzi, the second-and third-born sons of Giovanni and Teresa Jacuzzi, immigrated to Washington to work on the railroad. A warmer climate beckoned and the pair eventually made their way to southern California. Years later, they were joined by four other brothers and eventually all went to work in the aviation industry. Soon they would make American history.
In 1911 their father, Giovanni, a skilled wood worker and vineyard farmer joined them. Two weeks was enough to convince him that his sons would never go back. He then returned to Italy with Valeriano to gather up the rest of the family.
World War I intervened and the trip was delayed until the war’s end. During this time, Valeriano had met Giuseppina and fell in love, married and had their first child. Valeriano’s new family, parents and remaining siblings departed from Italy in 1920.
Soon after their arrival in early 1921, Valeriano started working with his brothers at their Jacuzzi Brothers factory. A tragic crash, over Modesto, of Jacuzzi’s first enclosed monoplane took several lives, including that of Valeriano’s brother, Giocondo. At this time, Giovanni asked his sons to cease making planes. Valeriano moved his family to Northern California and purchased a 161-acre farm in Contra Costa County.
During the depression, Valeriano, with help from his older children, planted a portion of the open farm fields with grapes and in 1936 he applied for a license to make wine for home consumption. At that time he was limited to 200 gallons (approximately 84 cases). The vineyard was planted to Zinfandel, Carignane and Mourvedre and he sold grapes for $30-$35 a ton.
In 1937, Valeriano returned to work with his brothers at Jacuzzi Brothers, Inc. located in Berkeley, CA where they manufactured water well pumps and eventually, the bath and spa that bears their name. Check out their website and story here.
What a beautiful piece of property this vineyard is. It was enjoyable to walk around and appreciate the architecture and nature. A beautiful building with a gorgeous courtyard inside. Once we pushed open the door, this Italian castle wine con olive oil tasting winery immediately grabbed our oohs and aahs. Wine in the left room and olive oil, balsamic, and various tapenades and marinades on the right side, if you go there, try their Peach balsamic vinegar with their olive oil…it’s heaven! Two different companies, both will ship their product to you. The wine tasting is complimentary and they have such a variety of Italian grape breeds that learning about them is so much fun! They have a huge shop area with plenty of things to browse through. so you’ve really got two completely different tasting experiences in one stop.
Look at the sky…could it be any more beautiful?
After the wine tasting, we walked to the back to check out the back property which included: the Stone-Cast Fountain, the Grand Piazza, and Neptune statue overlooking the vineyard. It was very nice and relaxing.
One of my favorite shots…
The backside of the property where the beautiful vineyards occupy! What an enjoyable experience!
There will be more photos in the future of this beautiful quaint town.
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