Our mission at Bacigalupi Vineyards is to continue the heritage of three generations grape growing and wine-making in Russian River Valley. For over 60 years the Bacigalupi family has source fruit to some of Sonoma and Napa’s most well known brands. The family received critical acclaim for providing some of the chardonnay fruit to Chateau Montelena to win the coveted 1976 Paris tasting. This tasting revolutionized the way the world looked at California wines. With now 3 generations involved and winemaker Ashley Hertzberg leading the wine-making endeavor the family showcases wines under their own label at their tasting room on Westside Road just outside Healdsburg. .
Helen & Charles Bacigalupi
Charles and Helen moved to the small town of Healdsburg after graduating from school in San Francisco. Charles worked as the local dentist and Helen as a pharmacist. Always possessing a love of the land the couple decided to move onto Westside Rd in 1956, and purchased 121 acres in 1956. In a simple beginning, Charles began to care for the 16 acres of existing vineyards which included Zinfandel, Mission, Golden Chaslis and Muscat. Charles became friends with Paul Heck (of Korbel) through his dentist practice when Paul would bring the family in for regular check ups.
The two would occasionally chat about grapes and wine, sharing insight and advice. Envisioning the demand for premium wine grapes, Paul encouraged Charles to plant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In 1964, Charles began his plantings with six acres of each varietal. Eventually he obtained Pinot Noir bud wood from Karl Wente, the first well documented plantings of Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley. Charles remembers Wente telling him the stock had come from France via the family’s old vineyard in Livermore. Charles and his son, John worked alongside each other, perfecting their viticulture techniques and expanding the vineyards. The Bacigalupi’s gained recognition as growers during the 1976 Paris tasting when the 1973 Napa Valley Chardonnay from Château Montelena with Bacigalupi fruit triumphed over many acclaimed French wines to be declared the undisputed winner.
Pam & John Bacigalupi
Born and raised in Santa Rosa, Pam Bacigalupi remembers her childhood and growing up at Korbel. Our young Pam enjoyed spending time at the winery—wiping bottles and gluing cases at the bottling line or going with her father to check on the various vineyard activities. When she was old enough, she manned the automated champagne corking machine, checking that the corks were properly fed and occasionally working in the winery gift shop. Pam had a real interest in enology and thought of pursuing a career in winemaking, however in those years, such a career was not popular for women and she became an ER nurse instead. Today Pam assists with the managing of Bacigalupi Vineyards. She is the main contact for grape sales and helps deliver fruit during harvest.
Raised on the same ranch that he farms today, John Bacigalupi has a lifetime of grape growing experience, beginning he worked alongside his father in the vineyards. This longevity, more than 30 years of vineyard experience, has allowed him to develop an intimate knowledge of the vineyards’ micro climates and soil structures. His experience has enabled him to match the most appropriate varietals, clones, and root stocks to the existing soil structures. Only such a deep understanding of the vineyards, the weather patterns, and other subtle factors has allowed the development of the ultra premium grapes produced by the Bacigalupi vineyards.
A true farmer, John was born with a love for the outdoors and for the land he farms. An absolute perfectionist, John displays a strong desire to bring forth the finest fruit, (and now, the finest wines) that he possibly can. Today the Bacigalupi family brings forth the full potential of these quality grapes in their estate wines.
Pam met her husband through her father, Paul Heck, and his friendship with family dentist Charles Bacigalupi. They married and moved on to the ranch in Healdsburg in 1982.
Katharine & Nicole Bacigalupi
Born and raised on the same ranch purchased by her grandparents in 1956, Katey Bacigalupi Row recognized her love of the vineyards early on. After high school, Katey took off to explore the world and found herself studying abroad in Florence, Italy.
Katey graduated with a degree in agricultural business from Cal Poly State University in 2006. She gained a variety of vineyard and wine business experience at local Seghesio and Sonoma Cutrer wineries as well as in Margaret River, Australia.
Nicole Bacigalupi Dericco is Katey’s twin sister. Growing up on the ranch and watching her father and grandfather develop their property from barren land with a few prune trees to what it is today, has been an inspiration for her to continue the family legacy. After high school she attended San Diego State receiving a Business degree with an emphasis in marketing. She gained real world experience by heading out on the road and building accounts with retail outlets and restaurants all over California.
After moving back home Nicole joined Silver Oak working with them over the course of the next 4 years from everything to tasting room sales, compliance, packaging and shipping. Once the Baciglupi Vineyard tasting room opened in mid June 2011 Nicole left Silver Oak to work full time for the family, taking all the valuable knowledge that she had learned and applying them to her new challenge.
Today Nicole and her twin sister Katey manage the marketing and sales of their family brand Bacigalupi wines.