Multi-generational wineries don’t grow on trees. Human urges to venture out into the world and accomplish something different to that of your parents are common and understandable. Other temptations like selling a successful brand often result in nothing but a name surviving – one that all too often bears little resemblance to its origins.
Gustav and Naoko Dalla Valle purchased their Oakville property in 1982 and established the label in 1986. They achieved success and accolades quickly, entering the market during the explosive popularity of high-end, small-production Napa Valley wineries in the early 1990s.