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Raffaele wines - San Joaquin Valley


Raffaele - A Century of Wine Making Excellence Born Again in Lodi

The winery simply known as Raffaele
has its origins around Lodi in Northern
California’s Lower San Joaquin Valley
more than a century ago. The winery’s
predecessor was initially called the Urgon
Winery and was built in 1900 one mile
north of Lodi by a fellow named Adolph
Bauer. The name evolved from a railroad
switch called Urgon, which was then part
of the San Joaquin and Sierra Nevada
Railroad that was founded in 1885 and
was built primarily to transport bricks
made in the area.
Bauer and his financial partner Jacob
Brack began to process grapes from
the harvest of 1900. Their intent was to
provide a suitable destination for area
growers where the growers would receive
a fair market price for their grapes. The
Urgon Winery operation worked
successfully for a short time until the
winery was sold to its competitors in
1903.With this transaction, Urgon Winery
was officially renamed the San Joaquin
Winery and an impressive 63,000 tons of
grapes were crushed that harvest year.



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