Giarrusso Zinfandel celebrates the story of John Giarrusso and the many like him who founded an American wine tradition, specializing in top quality Zinfandel from an 8 acre vineyard block from their estate in the Dry Creek Valley.
John Giarrusso (1880-1931) immigrated to the United States from Sicily in 1910. As with most Italians, his father had grown grapes on their Sicilian property, primarily the native Primitivo grape. It was a family affair and everybody participated in the “crushing” of the grapes and the making of their own wine. Like many of the Italian immigrants, John continued this practice after he and his family settled in the United States. Zinfandel was the grape they discovered in California that most resembled Primitivo. Some blended Zinfandel with Muscat, but John preferred pure Zinfandel, and his wine was considered the best in their Italian neighborhood. A butcher by trade, his shop was the busiest, perhaps due to the fact that while he or his wife were cutting the steaks the customers were offered a glass of wine from the barrel.
This tradition of winemaking was continued by John’s grandson, Anthony Terlato, and his family in their vineyards and wineries throughout California.