The Sangiacomo Family
The first Sangiacomo to arrive in the United States was 17-year old Vittorio, who came over from rural Genoa and purchased his first orchard in 1927. In 1969, with decades of first-hand knowledge of the area’s growing conditions and a burgeoning wine scene taking shape around him, Vittorio decided to give grapevines a try. He purchased a neighboring hay field and the Green Acres Vineyard, from which Ram’s Gate Winery crafts its Green Acres vineyard-designate Chardonnay, became the very first vineyard Vittorio planted.
The Sangiacomos’ Roberts Road Vineyard, from which Ram’s Gate creates the Roberts Road vineyard-designate Pinot Noir, is another testament to the Sangiacomos’ pioneering spirit and willingness to take risks to discover greatness. When the second generation of Sangiacomos found this property in 1998, there were but two other small vineyard plantings in the vicinity. The climate was on the cold side for grape-growing and industry peers thought it would never work. Fifteen years later, a waiting list of renowned winemakers hope to one day receive fruit from this low yield, high quality site. Ram’s Gate Winery counts itself gratefully among the lucky few.