This man proposed to this women, (the picture on the left) and had these children (the picture in the middle) and adopted another family member (the picture on the right). They had an engineering business in the Central Valley where they had both been born and raised. Louie learned his grandfather and great grandfather made wine and that prompted his curiosity about the process of winemaking. So on weekends he dabbled with a little bit of fermenting fruit. He tried anything he could get his hands on: grapes, raspberries, pears, kiwi, watermelon and even bananas (banana wine is not good eats). First it took up space on the kitchen counter, and then over the years the hobby grew and grew until he was removing carpet out of the spare bedroom to make room for the wine barrel (grapes were being bought from nowhere other than Paso Robles by now, and no, Raynette was not keen on a barrel in her house). Needless to say he was bitten by the bug and in 1996 bought 100 acres of bare land just outside of San Miguel in the Paso Robles Appellation. They had only been married for about four years, their third child had just been born, and they were preparing for a new chapter in their lives. Raynette's father, Reuben Gruber, agreed to move onto the property and start the arduous task of ripping, planting and raising the grapes until the time was ripe for the young family to come live there. As Reuben said one day as he was reminiscing about that first year, "There wasn't even a 2 x 4 on the property. Everything had to brought in, everything." Then in the summer of 2001, the young family, now with four children, moved onto their property which by now consisted of 40 acres of grapes. That was the first year Locatelli Vineyards became Locatelli Winery and joined the ranks of 35 other wineries in the Paso Robles AVA. Today, Locatelli Winery is one of only 18 wineries that are originally owned from 2001.
Our path has not been without its trials and tribulations but it has been a wonderful journey of joy and fulfillment.
Raynette & Louis (Raynie & Louie). The Locatelli name comes from Louie's mom's maiden name, Locatelli. You can read more about that on Our Heritage page.
Our five children oldest to youngest, Joseph, Catherine, Cecilia, Mary and Claire. A few years ago we received another son into our family, son-in-law Zach, and now have two grandsons, Michael and David (not pictured).
This is Fibi, our Boston Terrier and welcoming committee at Locatelli Winery. She's always excited for new guests to arrive.
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