In 1920, the Viano family arrived in California from their native Piedmont and purchased a vineyard just outside the small town of Martinez, in what is now Contra Costa County AVA. Today, Viano is the only winery left in these parts, refusing to bow to the urbanisation that has consumed the entire Bay Area. Brothers John and David, the 4th generation of the family, like to use the most natural, cultural practices possible, combined with traditional winemaking techniques that include natural yeast and aging in small oak cooperage.
Viano Vineyards are located midway between the Napa and Livermore valleys. Situated at the inlet from the San Francisco Bay, they have warm days and cool nights, ideal for creating fine wines. Their vines are grown using traditional methods and are all head-pruned and dry farmed. The sloping hillsides provide excellent drainage.
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