The Home Ranch is just what you might imagine: the heart and soul of our family business. The Sangiacomo family has farmed the original Home Ranch since 1927. Grapes were first planted in 1980. Over the next thirty years the family purchased several adjoining pieces of land to expand the existing Home Ranch to its current size of 110 planted acres of vineyard. Bordered on the west by Sonoma Creek, it is planted to a dozen combinations of clone and rootstocks and has almost exclusively silty clay loam soils. More than fourteen wineries source grapes from the Home Ranch. There are two Chardonnay blocks which are organically grown.
Certified Sustainable (CSWA)
Planted Acreage: 110
Varietals: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Appellations: Carneros and Sonoma Coast
The Sangiacomo family has farmed this soil since 1927 and consider it to be the heart and soul of the family business.
But the agricultural history of the Home Ranch started much earlier. The original barn — which burned down in the 1930s — is believed to have been an historic structure, possibly a former flour mill dating to the 1840s. The timber for the barn came around the horn and was roughly hewn and the structure held together with wooden pegs.
The soil has always been a farmer’s dream. In 1872, two San Francisco merchants, Howe & Hall, recognized its potential and established the Eden Dale ranch. They quickly built a reputation for cultivating award-winning fruit, shipping quince and peaches by boat to San Francisco, and by train to St. Louis and New York.
In 1927, Vittorio Sangiacomo, an Italian immigrant who was working as a scavenger in San Francisco, decided to return to agricultural roots. He purchased the ranch, got married and brought his new bride, Maria, there to begin their life together.
Vittorio began farming the existing 56 acres of fruit trees, eventually specializing in pears. He and his four children continued to cultivate the pear trees until the pear market began to crash in the late 1960s. Slowly over time he ripped out all the pear trees and planted grapes in their place.
The Home Ranch continues today to be the center of the Sangiacomo’s family business.