Lee and George Martinelli
Zio Tony Ranch
Five generations of the Martinelli family have grown grapes in California. This storied viticultural history goes back to 1887, when winemaker Giuseppe Martinelli left his village in the Tuscany region of Italy to start a new life as a winegrower in the United States. Since then, the Martinelli family have earned respect and acclaim for their commitment and expertise growing premium grapes in the Russian River Valley, and more recently on the Sonoma Coast. Today, the Martinelli vineyards are managed by viticulturists Lee and George Martinelli, who continue building on the family's legacy of excellence, with their meticulous approach to vineyard care.
Zio Tony Ranch, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
Planted in 1990, the Martinelli family named the Zio Tony Ranch to honor their uncle Tony, predecessor to the current generation of Martinellis. Like many of our finest vineyards, Zio Tony Ranch was originally an apple orchard. Enjoying a classic Russian River Valley climate, and ideal Goldridge soils, our blocks of this vineyard have proven ideal for the cultivation of Dijon clones 76 and 95. Helping to elevate quality to an even higher level, the Martinellis farm Zio Tony with absolute precision. From pruning to shoot selection, thinning, and even the way they move the trellis wires, the viticultural program at Zio Tony reflects generations of farming experience, and produces beautifully balanced vines. As a result, the fruit from this vineyard is exceptional, consistently producing wines with lush mouthfeel, high acidity and delicious flavors of honey, peach and apricot. We have been pleased to craft a single-vineyard Chardonnay from Zio Tony since the 2003 vintage. Fruit from Zio Tony Ranch is also used by the Martinelli family's own, Martinelli Winery.