Henry’s first experience with wine & winemaking came at the early age of 9, when taking in the distinct aromas of grapes being pressed and fermented when his father & uncles would make their home made table wines in their basement of their Massachusetts home. However it wasn’t until many years later that Henry and brother Victor began to create and produce their own wine under the family label. Today, in addition to many other ventures & activities, Henry oversees all aspects of the winery while creating a family environment enjoyed by all who visit!
Vittorio first picked grapes from the family vineyard in their hometown of Bonito, Italy, at the age of 8 years old. Those early days in Italy were the foundation for Vittorio’s authentic attitude when assisting and determining the characteristics of the wines produced by the family at VJB. Vittorio continues to influence the winemaking with his tireless energy overseeing the vineyard management & winemaking teams.
Born in Bonito, Italy, Maria began cooking at the early age of 10 years old, learning authentic southern Italian cooking from her mother and grandmother. When Vittorio & Maria settled in Kenwood Ca in 1976, Maria opened the family café which featured her flavorful Italian dishes and garnished acclaim & accolades from industry critics and those in the community. In 1987 Maria decided to sell the small café to open a downtown restaurant in Santa Rosa where for 15 years she continuously impressed guests with her creativeness, and tireless commitment to outstanding cuisine.Today Maria has assumed the role of Executive Chef for the winery and continues to turn out amazing fare for lunches, dinners & special events held at the Tasting Room. She has also created a line of sauces, pestos & tapenades which have been featured in such publications as In Style Magazine & Wine Spectator.