Est. 2001. Importer & Distributor of Fine Wine, Craft Spirits, and Ginjo Sake
“On some other planet encircling one of 200 billion stars in the Milky Way there may be intelligent life that has not heard of Pisoni Vineyard, but not on this planet.” - Back label of Tantara Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir
"Gary Pisoni did more than just establish a 'grand cru' vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. His boundless energy brought notoriety to the region to the point that the Santa Lucia Highlands has become known as 'Pisoni country.' – Pinot File
First planted by Gary Pisoni in 1982, Pisoni Vineyards consists of small vineyard blocks arranged on and around the ridges of the mountainous landscape. Ranging in size from one-half to seventeen acres, the vineyard blocks perch at an altitude of 1,300 feet in the granite-laced mountains of the coastal Santa Lucia Range. Lucia is the sister label of the Pisoni Estate wines. Whereas Pisoni Estate is committed to a single expression of the Pisoni Vineyards, Lucia represents the collection of vineyards that the Pisoni Family farms: Pisoni Vineyards, Soberanes Vineyard and Garys' Vineyard (the latter two farmed in partnership with Gary Franscioni).
The whole venture is a family affair. Gary's son Jeff is the winemaker, and his son Mark is the ranch manager. Jeff earned a B.S. in Enology at California State University, Fresno, and got hands-on experience at premium wineries before becoming the Pisoni Estate and Lucia winemaker in 2002. Mark Pisoni has a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California Davis and a Master's Degree in Farm Business Management from Cornell University. He directs the activities of both the Pisoni Vineyards and Pisoni Farms.