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Coming to America

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  • Publish Date: Nov 30, 2009

When Giuseppe (“Joe”) and Lucia Battaglini arrived in the United States in the late 1950’s, neither of themspoke a word of English. As Joe will tell you, “through hard work and perseverance” they were able to get jobs and raise four children. And in 1988, they fulfilled their life’s dream of owning and operating a winery….in the U.S.

Joe and Lucia’s connections to wine are rooted in their childhoods. Joe remembers drinking wine as a child and helping his Grandfather fill straw-covered containers called “fiaschi” at his cantina. Likewise, Lucia, born in Argentina of Italian decent, remembers growing up in the vineyards of Mendoza.

The Old World winemaking of their native Italy left a lasting impression. When the time came to make their own wine, the Battaglinis favored full-flavored wines that are “made the old fashion way—without chemicals” even though they’re being crafted from new-world fruit (Zinfandel and Petit Sirah from their Sonoma vineyards, in fact). It helps that the vines they source from were planted in 1885 (not a typo)!!

Given how good Battaglini Zins are, it’s no wonder the Battaglinis themselves say they would drink their 2005 Old Vines Zinfandel Select for the rest of their lives. Joe’s favorite pairing? Spaghetti of course!

To find out why the Battaglini’s love to work with Zinfandel or to read more about their classically “American Dream” story, visit

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