Meet the Winemaker (Episode 79): Camille Seghesio, Seghesio Family
Back in 1895, Edoardo Seghesio planted his first Zinfandel vines. Today, Seghesio Family Vineyards is one of the oldest wineries in the Sonoma Valley with 400 acres of vineyards located in Alexander Valley and Dry Creek.
Zinfandel is one of the most popular grape varietals in California since it can be drunk young and is food friendly. However, it is notoriously difficult to grow with grapes that ripen at different speeds producing a range of different flavours from lean and green wines to overripe port / amaroni ones.
Camille Seghesio reveals that her family focus on capturing the perfect ripe balance of the grape with its blackberry, blueberry, cherry and spice flavours. Good quality control is ensured thanks to handpicking the grapes and thinning the vines. Their award-winning Zinfandel is the result of this delicate process and evidence of their dedication to the family business and pride in honouring their grandfather’s vision.