Sbragia Family Vineyards
Sonoma County region
An incredibly well received winery with high marks and numerous medals
As a student, Ed Sbragia (pronounced Spraghia) tried to get out of being in the wine business, but his effort in that regard failed. Simply stated, the Sbragia family has been in the wine business for generations, first in their native Italy (in the North, around Lucca) and lately in the confines of Sonoma and Napa Valleys.
Ed Sbragia’s grandfather came to the United States in the very late 1800’s and married and parented Ed’s father, Gino, who became a noted winemaker. The family always assumed Ed would follow in his father’s footsteps, but Ed decided differently. He graduated from UC Davis with a degree in chemistry and attempted to find work in a field unrelated to wine, but jobs were hard to come by at the time and he finally landed a position as a research chemist with E. & J. Gallo Winery. The experience changed Ed’s attitude about wine and the industry, as he saw for the first time what the combination of science and agriculture could accomplish. After going on to study Enology at Fresno State and working for some time at the prestigious Beringer Brothers Winery in St. Helena, Ed was ready to start his own family winery.
He began investing in vineyard property and today owns 47 acres that he calls the Home Ranch. In 2001, he released his first wines under Sbragia Family Vineyards and also acquired the old Lake Sonoma Winery that immediately became the winery’s new home. Today, Sbragia’s wines are incredibly well received with high marks and numerous medals to its credit.
A Personal Note from Ed
Dear Platinum Series Members,
Sbragia Family Vineyards is a dream that I’ve had for quite some time, a small, family-owned winery making limited, individual lots of wine from grapes grown in select blocks of my favorite vineyards. I’ve always had one foot in Sonoma and the other in Napa. Both areas mean a lot to me emotionally. I’m more attached to Dry Creek because it’s where I raised my kids. But the wines that I’ve made at Beringer are like children, so Napa is also a very special place for me. Either way, the wines are intensely personal, an expression not only of terroir, but of my family’s winemaking heritage.
La Promessa Vineyard is the vineyard that surrounds the winery which we purchased in August 2006. La Promessa means “The Promise” in Italian and it’s the fulfillment of the promise that I had made to my father, Gino, when I was in graduate school. He was a farmer all his life and wanted to sell all the vineyards but instead I promised him that I would bring the vineyards to the next level and do something great. This is a very special wine for me and my family as it affirms that promise I made many years ago. I hope you enjoy this bottle as much as I do!
From our family to yours, Saluté!
Sbragia Family Vineyards