The Manzoni family has been farming in Monterey County for several decades, beginning in 1921 when Joseph Manzoni emigrated from Switzerland in search of a better life. Like many Swiss immigrants, Joseph grew up with the Old World traditions of making homemade wine and Grappa, and he enjoyed passing on the traditions to his family and friends. His grandsons, Mark and Mike Manzoni, took a particular interest in wine and in 1990, found an opportunity to make their way into the business. They had been operating a family farming business, and found themselves with a few extra acres that didn’t suit for their typical crops. Mark and Mike planted rootstocks that they sold to neighboring wineries for the following nine years, before finally planting wine grapes for their own use in 1999. With the first 5 acres of Pinot Noir planted, the Manzoni brothers experimented with home winemaking and sold the remaining fruit to other wineries. The Manzoni wines were so well received that in 2003, they decided to officially establish Manzoni Family Estate Vineyard and present an official commercial release of just 197 cases. Today, production is still very limited at under 2,000 cases and includes an award-winning portfolio of two Pinot Noirs, a Syrah, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris. The winery has earned itself a stellar reputation in the region, with a premium collection of distinguished, palate pleasing wines that consistently define the growing wine region of Monterey County.
Manzoni Family Estate Vineyard - Monterey County
Gold Plus! selection - 94 Points, Beverage Testing Institute