J. Rochioli Vineyards has definitely earned its place in the pantheon of stellar winemaking. Year after year, wines coming from the Rochioli vineyards rank at the top of virtually every winelover's wish list. After spending more than a decade farming the land, Joe Rochioli Sr. purchased the vineyards in the late 1930s. He was certain that specific varietals would do best in the unique microclimate of the Russian River Valley. This special bond with the land has been handed down to the next generation of the Rochioli family. Joe Jr. has spent nearly forty years planting, nurturing and tending to the vines. When his son, Tom, began to produce the first Rochioli estate wines in the mid 1980s, the immediate results were spectacular. The outstanding quality of the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, which come from this vineyard, made it clear that the Rochiolis were not only outstanding grape growers, but also outstanding winemakers.
The 161-acre Rochioli vineyard is exceptional. When one combines distinctive vineyards with great farming practices and hand crafted winemaking, the result is truly exceptional wines. Currently, the Rochiolis make about 10,000 cases of estate wine per year. Most winelovers would certainly appreciate having more of these outstanding wines available for their tables and cellars.