Trinchero Napa Valley
Region of production
Dry Mediterranean climate (with refreshing fog and sea breezes in the AVA ((wine-growing areas )) of southern Napa Valley)
Mix of soil types, depending on the location of the vineyard, including sedimentary, volcanic, limestone and alluvial clay-gravel soils
Trinchero Napa Valley specializes in producing red wine. Total annual volume of 12 000 bottles.
Cabernet Franc , Cabernet Sauvignon , Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot Noir, Semillon
Ages of Vines
The average age of the vines is ~16.5 years.
Behind the Wines
Head Winemaker Mario Monticelli grew up in Northern California, where his Italian-born father—who’s also a winemaker—sparked his interest in winemaking at an early age. Childhood visits to his grandparents’ home in Madera, California exposed Mario to every aspect of the winemaking process—from grape growing to barrel aging. As a viticulture and enology student at the University of California, Davis, he traveled abroad to Italy, studying and working at venerable producer Antinori in the heart of Chianti Classico. After college, Mario became the assistant winemaker at Melka Wines, assisting Philippe
Melka in crafting some of the most celebrated wines in Napa Valley—including Quintessa, Hundred Acre, Vineyard 29 and Lail Vineyards—before taking the reins as head winemaker for Quixote Winery. In 2007, he joined Trinchero Napa Valley, where his wines have earned more than 100 scores of 90 or above. Mario met his wife, Anna, a fellow winemaker, at University of California, Davis where the couple studied enology and viticulture. Mario and Anna currently live in Napa, California with their children. If they’re not busy making wine in Napa, Mario and Anna are spending time with their families and friends, enjoying wine over a classic Italian meal.
A family heritage of fine wines
"We make every decision—day after day, vintage after vintage—to guide our fruit toward the pinnacle of its potential. And because our wines are made from only the finest blocks on our sustainably farmed vineyards throughout Napa Valley, every bottle captures our family’s rich heritage in this unequaled region."
- Trinchero Family
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Young Italian immigrant Mario Trinchero leaves New York City and heads west to the Napa Valley, hoping to build a better life for his wife Mary and their three children, Bob, Roger and Vera. Our family purchases an abandoned Prohibition-era winery in St. Helena, refurbishing it and initially scraping by as a mom-and-pop operation.
The making of a legend
Our single-vineyard Zinfandel wines, crafted from old-growth vines in Amador County at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, are greeted with wide acclaim from wine critics, sommeliers and consumers. In 1972, second-generation vintner Bob Trinchero creates the world’s first White Zinfandel under the Sutter Home label and the rest—as they say—is history.
We deepen our family's roots in the Napa Valley, purchasing highly sought-after vineyards throughout the region’s most prestigious sub-appellations. With a collection of estate vineyards spanning 200 acres in St. Helena, Mt. Veeder, Atlas Peak and Rutherford, we gain greater influence over the quality of our fruit, setting the stage for handcrafted winemaking in the decades to come.
In 2004 we purchase the Folie à Deux Winery, north of St. Helena, with a vision for creating our first boutique wines bottled under the Trinchero Napa Valley name. To honor our family’s journey and leave an indelible legacy for future generations, the Trinchero Napa Valley Winery is built in 2007. That same year, pedigreed winemaker Mario Monticelli joins our team and crushes the first vintage of Trinchero Napa Valley.
A Dream Fulfilled
The inaugural release of our limited-production, estate-grown wines under the Trinchero Napa Valley label is heralded by critics and connoisseurs alike. Less than 12,000 cases are produced.
The new chapter unfolds
Our spirit of innovation continued with the construction of our new tasting room, completed in spring 2016. The pinnacle of Napa Valley hospitality, this new space elevated our St. Helena estate, complementing our state-of-the-art winery and gourmet culinary center.