Foppiano Vineyards was founded in 1896 by Giovanni Foppiano, a native of Genoa, Italy. Giovanni emigrated from Italy to San Francisco in 1864, walking across the isthmus of Panama en route. He hoped to find his riches in the gold fields of California.
It was Giovanni who founded Foppiano Vineyards after moving to Healdsburg, California when his search for gold was unrewarding. He purchased a working winery called "Riverside Farm" on the same land where today's Foppiano Vineyards still stands and operates.
Petite Sirah, the family's favorite wine, has become the winery's signature wine, and is known nationwide as one of the country's top Petites year-in and year-out.
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The 2010 vintage produced a medium-bodied Pinot Noir with ripe fruit expression, supple tannins and Burgundian restraint. Aromas of cherry vanilla give way to flavors of ripe black cherry, blackberry and raspberry. The finish offers a surprise of rich caramel. Made with 100% Pinot Noir... more
Cherry and cola explode in the aroma, with hints of
forest floor in the background. On the palate, dark ripe berries round out the
middle which are followed by notes of cardamom spice and vanilla on the finish. more
On the nose, robust blackberry and dark chocolate are the predominant aromatics with a touch of anise and white pepper. The fruity aromas follow on the tongue, commingled with full-bodied black cherry, blueberry, hints of dark toasted hazelnuts and sweet vanilla. The well-managed, even... more
Cherry and Cola explode in the aroma, with hints of forest floor in the background. On the palate, Dark
ripe berries round out the middle which are followed by notes of cardamom spice and vanilla on the
On the nose blueberries and dark chocolate are the predominant aromatics with a touch of floral and spice. Flavors of blueberry, blackberry and black cherry commingle with hints of graham cracker and vanilla and a touch of white pepper. The well structured tannins produce a long silky finish with... more
Established in 1896, and more than 100 years after its founding, Foppiano Vineyards
continues to do what it did at its outset; create outstanding red wines with genuine varietal
character, on its 200-acre Russian River Valley estate. This tradition is the foundation and
the future for the... more
The 2006 Estate Russian River Pinot Noir has upfront floral aromas of fresh cherry and raspberry. A hint of leather and smoke mid-bouquet with an elegant finish of vanilla cream and essence of honey. Palate follows nose with more rich red fruit flavors. Full of cherry cobbler and raspberry jam with... more
Full-bodied and deeply colored. In the nose, the Petite offers black fruit aromas, which are well met on the palate with blackberry and blueberry flavors, as well as toasty vanilla, exotic spices, and hints of cocoa on the finish.
Foppiano Vineyards, situated in Sonoma County's Russian River Valley, has been owned by the Foppiano family since 1896. In the heart of the estate stands a small block of 30 year old vines that produce a Pinot Noir of great concentration and intense flavors.
Cherries and raspberries dominate the... more
The 2005 Foppiano Vineyards Estate Petite Sirah was made entirely from estate Petite Sirah grapes, grown on the family's Russian River Valley Estate. The Pet is full-bodied and deeply colored. In the nose, the Petite offers black fruit aromas, which are well met on the palate with blackberry and... more