Russian River Valley
Appellation   Russian River Valley
Grower   John Bacigalupi
Vineyard   120
Soil   Red, rocky volcanic clay
Clones   Wente
Planted   1964
Production   103

The 1976 Judgement of Paris, brought recognition to Bacigalupi as growers when the 1973 Napa Valley Chardonnay from Chateau Montelena with Bacigalupi fruit triumphed over many acclaimed French wines to be declared the undisputed winner. This event was to be the turning point in America’s global wine image. That same block of Chardonnay used to produce this worldly renowned wine is still in existence today and carefully tended by the family.

In 1956 Charles and Helen Bacigalupi purchased 121 acres on Westside Road, a few miles south of the town of Healdsburg. In a simple beginning, they began to care for the 16 acres of existing vineyards. Envisioning the demand for premium wine grapes, he obtained Chardonnay and Pinot Noir bud wood from Karl Wente, the first well-documented plantings of Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley.


2021 Bacigalupi Chardonnay