When Giuseppe Martinelli and Luisa Vellutini emigrated from Tuscany to California in the 1880s, they decided to make an income through growing grapes and farming crops such as apples and hops. Giuseppe had been a winemaker in Italy so used his viticultural knowledge during his work while planting a small area of Zinfandel and Muscat Alexandria vines near their home, which later became known as the famed Jackass Hill vineyard. Today, the Martinellis sell nearly 90% of their grapes to other wineries in Sonoma County but are just as delighted by their familiar foundation and popular flagship wines.
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