California’s winemaking roots run deep. The state’s first vinifera vines were planted in the 1700s by the Spanish who planted vineyards near each mission they established. The first vineyard in Sonoma Valley was planted by Franciscan fathers of San Francisco Solano de Sonoma Mission. The vineyard property was purchased by Samuele and his wife Elvira Sebastiani in the early 1900s. That site is now a registered California State Historic Landmark. Given Samuele’s close ties to early California winemaking, it is only fitting our winemakers, Greg Kitchens and Gloria Mercado-Martin, source grapes from some of the best wine growing regions in the state for our Americano wines.