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Sutter Home

An outstanding value from some of California's best wine-growing regions

Sutter Home Winery The history of Sutter Home Winery dates back to 1874, when a Swiss-German immigrant named John Thomann established a small winery and distillery in the heart of California’s Napa Valley. After his death, the winery and Victorian home beside it were sold to another Swiss family, the Leunbergers. They rechristened the estate, Sutter Home. 
As with most Napa Valley wineries, Sutter Home was shut down during Prohibition. The winery remained abandoned until 1947, when John and Mario Trinchero purchased it. They were immigrant brothers from New York City whose family had long been active in the Italian wine business. The Trincheros refurbished the winery and began producing a diverse assortment of Napa Valley wines. For many years they operated “mom-and-pop” style, selling to their Napa Valley neighbors who filled their barrels and bottles at the winery’s back door. The Trinchero’s mission was straightforward: “A great product for a fair price.” 
In the late 1960s and early 70s, the next generation of Trincheros, Bob, his brother Roger and sister Vera, inherited stewardship of the winery. While continuing to adhere to the family credo, they effected some dramatic changes, most notably a shift in the winery’s production and quality focus from generic to premium varietal wines. 
A turning point occurred in 1968, when Bob Trinchero sampled a homemade zinfandel made from grapes grown in the Sierra Foothills; California’s famed Gold Rush country. Impressed by the character and intensity of this robust, spicy red wine, Bob began vinifying Amador County Zinfandel, the first north coast winery after Prohibition to do so. The result was a rejuvenation of the historic Sierra foothill growing region and recognition of Sutter Home Winery as a pioneer in this quintessentially American varietal. 
In 1972, another of Bob Trinchero’s innovations made wine history by providing the American consumer with an entirely new style of premium wine. Experimenting with ways to make his Amador County zinfandel even more robust, Trinchero drew off some of the free run juice and fermented it as a ‘white’ wine. This pale pink zinfandel, lighter-bodied and more delicately flavored than its red counterpart, became a favorite of the winery’s tasting room clientele. 
Production of the wine, originally called Oeil de Pedrix (Eye of the Partridge), began in 1972 at 220 cases. The name was quickly changed to White Zinfandel, and sales grew exponentially throughout the 1980s as Americans by the millions fell in love with its approachable, food-friendly style. By 1987, Sutter Home White Zinfandel had become the best-selling premium wine in the United States. In 1994, the Wine Spectator, the world’s most influential consumer wine publication, gave Bob its coveted distinguished service award for “having introduced more Americans to wine on the table than anyone in history.” 
Today, Sutter Home is the fifth-largest winery in the United States, and the #1 brand in supermarket case volume. All production, bottling, shipping and warehousing operations are concentrated in three state-of-the-art facilities in Napa County. The original winery site on Highway 29 houses the winery’s spacious Visitors Center.  Still very much family-run, Bob and Roger Trinchero and Vera Trinchero Torres, along with Vera’s sons, Anthony and Robert Torres, manage a large and talented winemaking organization, overseeing all operations from grapegrowing and production, to marketing and sales. The Trincheros are noted for their industry leadership, commitment to sustainable agriculture and preserving the environment. Their charitable activities, particularly in support of children and families in need, and the cause marketing initiative to find a cure for breast cancer “Sutter Home for Hope”, have made a positive impact, both locally in the Napa Valley community, and across the country.

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