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 couriosity about the process of winemaking. So on weekends he would dabble with a little bit of fermented fruit, first taking up space on the kitchen counter but then this hobby grew and grew until he was removing carpet out of the spare bedroom to make room for the barrel. 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, just had their third child and 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 when the family come move 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, then a family of six, 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.
It has not been without it's trials and tribulations but also it's joys and enjoyments.
Raynette & Louis (Raynie & Louie). The Locatelli name comes from Louie's mom's maiden name, Locatelli. But 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 our first grandson, Michael.
This is Fibi, she's our Boston Terrier and our welcoming committee at Locatelli Winery. She's always excited for new guests to arrive.
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