When Gasparé Indelicato emigrated to California from the small village of Campobello in Italy, it was only natural that he would do the one thing he knew he could do better than anything else – grow wine grapes like his father, grandfather and several generations before him. He planted the first grapes for Delicato Family Vineyards in the spring of 1924. Within a few years, winemakers across the country knew of the quality of Gasparé's California grapes.
His hard work was rewarded with more orders than he could fill. During Prohibition, Gasparé's grapes were sought after by home winemakers seeking quality grapes for home winemaking. But early success turned into hard times; grape sales declined during the Great Depression.
In 1935, with Prohibition repealed, Gasparé made the decision to turn a portion of his grapes into wine, using techniques his father had taught him. In the old hay barn by the vineyard, Gasparé, his brother-in-law, and their twin wives took turns with a hand driven press to produce their first vintage consisting of 3,451 gallons of wine (that's just under 1,500 cases of wine).
Gasparé established a reputation for great winemaking, and other producers in the budding California wine industry approached Gasparé and his family for custom-made wines. To meet the demand, the family acquired additional vineyard land. Gasparé's three sons, Vincent, Frank and Anthony, joined the family winery as the business grew. Today, Chris and Jay Indelicato, third generation family members and Anthony's sons, are leading the business into the future under the name DFV Wines.
Today, DFV Wines is one of the leading family winegrowers in America, with members of the second and third generation actively involved in the business. The winery harvests some of the most diverse and desirable vineyard estates across the top regions of California. These range from San Bernabe Vineyard in Monterey, one of California's oldest grape-growing regions, to Clay Station, a remarkable vineyard property located in the rolling, sunny foothills in Lodi.
The Indelicato family is devoted to its California winemaking heritage of family farming, environmentally sensitive winegrowing practices and economically sustainable principles. It is with an eye for the continued success of the family winery, and the success of their business partners, that they have developed a strategic direction that protects and enhances the things they hold most dear – family, farming and quality wine for consumers.