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Winemakers, Victor and Cindy Trentadue

Winemakers, Victor and Cindy Trentadue

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Trentadue Winery grew out of a rich winemaking heritage spanning four generations. Victor Trentadue’s maternal ancestors made their home in the walled city of Lucca in the Tuscany region of Italy until economic hardship in the early 1900’s impelled them to seek a better life in America. Victor’s great grandfather, Guiseppe Santini, went ahead to try to establish a place for his wife and four daughters. He found that place in the small Dry Creek Valley located in Sonoma County, just north of San Francisco, California, amidst a growing community of Italian immigrants. It is not known if Guiseppe had a history of making wine before coming to America, but once settled in the Dry Creek Valley, he soon became renowned among his neighbors for making an outstanding table wine. Winemaking was a family affair with his oldest daughter, Paulina, and later her daughter, Evelyn, (Victor’s mother) helping. The basement of his house was his winery, and soon, neighbors were stopping by regularly to fill their jugs, sit at the long plank table, and enjoy a glass or two with some homemade sausage or pasta. Victor’s father, Leo, came from a long farming tradition. In 1958, Leo and Evelyn, were growing cherries and apricots in the Santa Clara Valley but looking for a place to resettle with their three children, Annette, Victor and Lisa. Evelyn’s strong ties to the Dry Creek Valley area were the deciding factor, and they chose to make their home in the nearby Alexander Valley. Leo soon became renowned for his top quality Zinfandel. Paul Draper, founder and winemaker for Ridge Vineyards, sought him out, and in addition to selling grapes to Ridge, the Drapers and the Trentadues became lifelong friends.

The California winemaking industry was in its infancy, but with encouragement and advice from Paul Draper, they opened Trentadue Winery in 1969. Victor worked alongside his parents, learning to drive the tractor with wooden blocks strapped to the pedals, at age 8. Over the course of the next few decades, he performed all functions of producing the wines. He was helped often by his high school sweetheart, Cindy, who joked that it was the only way she could have a date with him. After a few years’ break, they were married in 1990 and have two sons, Steven, age 30 and Tyler, age 25. Trentadue Winery is in its 48 th year, and is still a family owned winery showcasing the personal style of the Trentadue family. It has grown into a producer of 35,000 cases of award-winning wines, including the La Storia brand featuring Cabernet, Zinfandel and the Tuscan blend Cuvee 32. Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate, recently awarded 90+ points to Trentadue’s La Storia brand wines. These are just a few of the outstanding wines under the Trentadue label. Victor and Cindy Trentadue invite you to share their journey back to Victor’s Tuscan roots, and to join them in savoring Trentadue wines paired with the world-class cuisine aboard the Silver Spirit.