History

Frasinetti Winery was founded on the southern edge of Sacramento, California in 1897. The annivesary marks 112 years of wine production, making Frasinetti the oldest family-owned and operated wine producer in the Sacramento valley. James Frasinetti, the founder, was an Italian immigrant who brought with him the "Old World" winemaking knowledge and a desire to build a reputation for his quality wine.

Originally, wines were delivered to Sacramento via horse-drawn wagons. At its peak, Frasinetti Winery had planted 400 acres and was shipping wine by the railroad distributing as far as the East Coast. Prohibition struck in the 1920's and virtually all production ceased, surviving by selling "altar wine" to local churches as well as focusing on traditional crop farming. The 1940's saw the return to winemaking and years of expansion. The 1950's brought a cultural shift with people moving out of this rural community, thus a shrinking of the agricultural areas surrounding the winery.

The 1960's brought with it a new demand for our wines as Americans began to enjoy wines as apart of their daily lives. No longer for special occasions or the old world population.

The 1970's saw the third generation grandsons, Gary, and Howard Frasinetti, take over operation of the winery and begin to make changes from producing generic wines in large Redwood vats, to a small progressive winery blending old traditions with improved modern methods. Howard and Gary Frasinetti have continued to produce varietal wines with emphasis directed to quality and use of Oak and redwood cooperage.

In 1985 Howard and Gary established a restaurant in the old "East Wine Cellar" among the cement fermentation tanks and large Redwood wine vats. Through the 1990's the winery and restaurant remains a successful operation, serving banquets in two spacious rooms and weddings outside in the Grand Gazebo. Facilitating special moments on our guests' most memorable occasions in a beautiful historic setting.

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