Like the many-threaded Italian tapestry that covers the wall of Soquel’s new facility, the story of Soquel Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountain is made many colorful and varied strands… of family, history and winemaking.
Twins Peter and Paul Bargetto, along with friend Jon Morgan, began the winery in 1987 after leaving the family winemaking business. Bargetto Winery, also in the Santa Cruz Mountains, was started in 1933 by Peter and Paul’s grandfather John Bargetto and his brother, Philip.
In a twist on history, Peter and Paul recently purchased land once owned by their grandfather as the site of their new winery facility. Set atop a rise just three miles from Soquel, it offers a sweeping view of the Monterey Bay coastline. It also offers history; its roof is made of handmade Italian tiles dating from 1751. “I tell visitors our roof is older than the Constitution”, laughs Peter. The doors of the winery are even older, composed of 1800-year-old first growth redwood directly connected to the Bargetto family history. “In the 40’s my grandfather purchased a 12,000 gallon redwood tank. This tank was in the cellar my dad built in 1945, and the doors are made from it’s wood.
Soquel’s new winery tips the hat to the Bargetto’s Italian heritage with architecture that reminds one of Italy. But the brothers and Jon don’t produce Italian varietals, preferring to concentrate on Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. They currently produce 4,500 cases sharing the responsibilities of winemaking and distribution. Though they are planting a four-acre vineyard on their new property, they currently source their grapes from various vineyards in Santa Cruz, the Russian River Valley and Napa.