FOPPIANO VINEYARDS Celebrates 125 Years of Winemaking in California’s Russian River Valley
L. Foppiano Wine Co. recently hosted a virtual tasting in honor of the first winery’s 125th anniversary, and Broadwayworld was pleased to attend. The event was hosted by Paul Foppiano with company winemaker, Nova Perril, and master sommelier, Evan Goldstein. Not only did we enjoy the guided tasting, but we also learned about the history of Foppiano.
Located in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley, Foppiano is the region’s oldest winery. The family history is full of tradition and perseverance. It all started when Giovanni Foppiano came to New York from Genoa, Italy in 1855, then emigrated to California via the Isthmus of Panama and settled in Healdsburg, California. In 1896, Foppiano Winery was established when Giovanni purchased the 80-acre Riverside Farm and working winery.
(Young Paul Foppiano on a stack of wine crates. L’s uncle to R-Paul, Louis M. Foppiano; his father, Rod Foppiano; and his grandfather, Louis J.)
The winery is still owned and operated by the Foppiano family for five generations. They are among the pioneers of California winemaking history, helping to populate the land with the region’s renowned varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah.
Paul Foppiano commented, “My family’s tenacity as farmers preserved our ability to produce award-winning wines through depressions, world wars and prohibition.” In fact, during Prohibition in the 1920s, the company showed great ingenuity in selling home winemaking kits.
(Photo taken at the height of Prohibition in 1926)
Winemaker, Nova Perrill carefully selected the set of six wines for the virtual tasting which showcases sustainably grown Foppiano Vineyards estate vineyards. Although some of them are no longer available to consumers, the selection was an excellent representation of the quality and diversity of Foppiano wines. They included Foppiano Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2019; Foppiano Estate Petite Sirah “Centennial Blend” 1993; Foppiano Estate Rivers Edge Pinot Noir 2016; Foppiano Estate Nono’s Block Zinfandel 2017; Subsidy Domaine Foppiano Station Carignane 2018; and Foppiano Estate Gianna’s Block Petite Sirah 2017.
We were very impressed with all the wines. In particular, the 2016 Foppiano Estate Rivers Edge Pinot Noir is very authentic to the character of the varietal and the 1993 Foppiano Estate Petite Sirah “Centennial Blend” was touted as a beautifully aged wine that shares the same soils and climates as the younger Petite Sirah selections. by Foppiano. .
As the tasting was dominated by a delicious selection of reds, we asked Paul Foppiano about the future of their crisp and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc. He told us that he is very well received and hopes to increase production in the future.
We are sure that our readers will enjoy discovering Foppiano wines. Foppiano Vineyards are located at 12707 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg, CA 95448. Visit them at https://foppiano.com/or call 707.433.7272. The wines are widely marketed by Quintessential Wines, the family-owned import, marketing and sales company headquartered in Napa. For more information on Quintessential, please visit https://www.quintessentialwines.com/.
Photo credit: Courtesy of L. Foppiano Wine Co.