Grassi Wine Company began with a dream, a passion for fine wine and an abiding respect for the land and for family.
In 1999, Mark and Jami Grassi bought a 14-acre property in Napa, south of the acclaimed, fertile Stags Leap District. Mark had established a custom construction business, but the seed of another life kept beckoning. That seed had been planted decades before, when Mark studied viticulture in college before pursing a career in the construction industry.
By 2000 the time was here. Mark dug the first test pits on the Grassi familys Napa Valley land and set aside four acres for planting. Early on, key guidance and wisdom came from Mary Maher, vineyard manager for Harlan, and Peter Franus of Franus Wines, who also helped oversee our first three vintages.
Within two years, planting was almost complete and the vineyard taking root. Then, 2008 brought our first commercial release-the 2005 Grassi Cabernet Sauvignon. The Wine Spectator included Grassi among "hot new" Napa Valley Cabernet producers. In 2010 we released our first vintage of Ribolla Gialla, an aromatic Italian white wine inspired by our Italian heritage, and a varietal we enjoyed for many years before producing it ourselves. Once again inspired by our Italian roots, we will release Mezzo Mezzo, a Sangiovese-Merlot blend, in 2013.
Now, Mark and Jamis daughter, Cassandra Grassi, is carrying our family business into another generation-and we are dreaming of more harvests.