create an avenue for our artistic expression that one can
drink and enjoy, and to promote artisan handcrafted winemaking. From our family to your family.
Muscardini Cellars, the Muscardini family shares their zest
for life and profound appreciation for the fruit of the vine
with the Muscardini Cellars artisan wines. The mission of
Muscardini Cellars is to culminate the knowledge, tradition
and respect of more than a century of family experience in
the industry with wines that artfully capture flavor and spirit.
Muscardini Cellars graces Sonoma Valleys
(Valley of the Moon) Monte Terra with its estate grape vines,
family home and barrel room. You are welcome to visit us in
our Kenwood tasting room; meanwhile,
enjoy the photos here online. Sonoma
County is world renowned for its microclimates and weather
conditions ideal for winemaking.
of Muscardini Cellars ~
by Michael Muscardini
start in Italy, 1892, when my grandfather, Emilio Alchera,
was born in the village of Calliano, just outside of the city
of Asti in the Piemonte region. Emilio came to America in
1909 via Ellis Island in New York. After heading to the West
Coast by train to meet his two brothers, Antonio and Louis,
he settled in San Francisco.
Emilio began his living in California by helping to dig the
Caldecott Tunnel, which connects the East Bay to Contra Costa
County. After saving his money, he began to buy and run corner
stores where he sold fine bulk wines, and in his spare time
made a red table wine
for the family. His business would eventually
become the "St. Helena Napa Valley
has taken me some time to finally continue and expand upon
my grandfathers tradition in winemaking, but after owning
and managing a construction company, Creative Spaces, for
27 years, the time was right. With family and friends, and
blessed by Monsignor OHara from St. Leos Church,
I planted our first Sangiovese vines in May of 2000.
the grapes grew, my son, Gian Carlo, and I built our family
home at "Monte Terra." After moving into our new
home on May 12, 2001, I began to study winemaking from two
local winemakers, and took numerous related courses at UC
Davis and Sonoma State University.
our Sangiovese grapes ready to harvest in 2002, I took our
first crop and my new winemaking knowledge and jumped in with
both feet (less shoes). Now, with a number of harvests from
both Monte Terra and other growers ~ some of the best in Sonoma
County ~ behind me, I had honed my skills and won numerous awards, including two Best of
Class awards and two Best of Show for my organically
With winemaking in my blood, I asked the question, "Does
the world need another winery?" And I thought, "Perhaps
not, but the world does need to taste my wine."
2005 was our first custom crush at Wellington Vineyards in
Sonoma Valley. We plan to make about 200-300 cases each of
a 100% Syrah grape grown by our friends Unti
Vineyards in Dry Creek Valley, a 100% Sangiovese grape
grown by Merlo
Vineyards in upper Dry Creek Valley, a Cabernet Sauvignon
grown next door to our home, and a very special blend made
in super Tuscan style 65% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet
Sauvignon and 15% Syrah. All four are barrel aging for 12
months in French and American oak.
Bottled with love, for the joy of living.