History & Evolution of a Winegrower
Owner Jim Forchini was raised in the San Francisco bay area, met his wife Anita in college and started as a engineer in southern California working on NASA’s  unmanned space programs.  After 3 years they relocated to Sonoma County where Jim worked in manufacturing and new product development for two major companies. 8 years later Jim had developed an interest in the wine industry as a result of being exposed to surrounding vineyards, making amateur wine and the strong influence of a close friend with a viticulture background.  With growing interest,  they invested in a 24 acre property in the Russian River Valley which had a mix of old vineyards and prunes and became part time grape growers.  They became immersed in the growing  renaissance of the Sonoma County wine industry.  3 years later they bought an additional 20 acre property in Dry Creek Valley which had an older vineyard with prunes and Jim now operated 44 acres part time while maintaining his full time job.  The demands of private industry,  a growing family of 3 children, and operating the 2 vineyards quickly caught up with Jim and a career change was made after 15 years of engineering to become a full time winegrower with dreams of building a small  winery.  They traded up to acquire an older 67 acres vineyard  in the DCV, maintained their 24 acres in the RRV and devoted themselves to removing prune orchards and replanting to premium varietal grapes.  In 1996 they built a  small modest winery building which was used for fermenting, storage and sales.  4 years later they built a seperate fermenting building and in 2002 built a third building for tasting room sales, office and case good storage.  Jim took several short courses at UC Davis and did extensive self study.  Their first year production of 425 cases of an estate 1996 Zinfandel won a gold medal in a major west coast wine competition and they have continued to make award winning wines ever since.


Jim & Anita Forchini, Owners

Andrew Forchini Vineyard Manager