We are celebrating 100 years of our Testa family farming the vineyards here in Calpella, Mendocino County. We couldn’t be prouder of our family history; it is so much fun to share our wines and heritage with everyone that stops by to visit!
My family has made wines from our grapes along the way, but we are the first generation to make them for you! We take great pride in the grapes we farm and the wines reflect that.
We branded our wines “Black and White” to reflect the old days and style of wine making where the grapes were either black or white. Both of our blends are full flavored balanced wines that pair perfectly with all your favorite food, family, and friends.
We are open for wine tasting every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. We are open by appointment on other days we also deliver and ship our wines.
~ Maria – 4th Generation
Located in: Calpella in Mendocino County, California
Testa Vineyards was established in 1912 by my Great Grandparents Gaetano and Maria Testa.
Gaetano left his homeland of Gallarate, Italy to come to America following his dream to own vineyard land. After working in San Francisco a few years, he then traveled north by train. At the first sight of Calpella it reminded him of his homeland, full of beautiful hillsides and lush trees, he knew this was the land to buy. He then sent for his wife Maria and my Grandfather Victor Testa. The whole family worked side by side to clear the land using Belgian horses and dynamite sticks.
They planted their first vines and the story began!
The varietals planted on the Testa Ranch are Carignane, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Barbera, Grenache and Charbono. Also just to the north is our Gusto Vineyards – Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon. We are able to make the best “Black” wine using our own fruit. We take great pride in the way we farm our land and vines. It shows in the fruit we harvest.
Our ranch is full of memories and stories of all the hard work and challenges that our family has faced throughout the years… but mostly of the good times spent together, making great wine and life-long friends!