Old Mission San Miguel Arcangel
Locatelli Vineyards & Winery has partnered with Historic Old Mission San Miguel to bring you two new wines that are not only rich in body, mouthfeel and taste but will also contribute to the prosperity of Old Mission San Miguel. The label came to be through the collaboration of Father Larry Gosselin and Raynette Gregory, in order to fill the need for funding the restoration of the Mission. For each bottle sold, Locatelli Winery will contribute 25% of the proceeds to the Mission. We are extremely excited to bring you these collector's vintages. St. Francis, which is a 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, was released at a very special wine event held at Historic Mission San Miguel on September 25, 2010. St. Clare, which is a 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, was released at a very special wine event held at Historic Mission San Miguel on May 5, 2012. Watch for an upcoming dessert wine named in honor of St. Michael.
St. Clare and St. Francis were both born in Assisi, a small town in Umbria, Italy. St. Francis was responsible for creating the Order of Franciscans, the world's largest religious order. St. Clare was born into a wealthy family, but chose to live a life of poverty, and with the guidance of her friend, St. Francis, she established the Poor Clares, a second order of St. Francis for women. Clare can be translated into 'clear' and 'luminous,' which fit the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc perfectly.
Original fresco paintings derived from local pigments can still be seen in the church interior of Old Mission San Miguel. These frescos were completed in 1824 by Spanish artist Esteban Munras with the help of local Indians. For more information about the historic Mission San Miguel visit missionsanmiguel.org.
After being closed to the public for nearly six years following the San Simeon quake, the church building was reopened in 2009 upon completion of a multi-million-dollar retrofit project. Although the church has been successfully repaired, large portions of the buildings forming the mission quadrangle have yet to undergo seismic retrofitting in an effort to save the irreplaceable. To view an article written by Smithsonian Magazine about Mission San Miguel, click here.
The Spanish missions were developed between 1769 and 1823 as religious outposts to convert Native Americans into the Christian faith by Spanish Catholics of the Franciscan order. The missions are now some of California's oldest and most visited structures. For more information and maps of the California missions, visit www.missionscalifornia.com. The closest mission to Locatelli Winery is less than 10 miles away, Old Mission San Miguel.