Signorello Estate is a one-of-a-kind reflection of a wholly unique Napa Valley hillside vineyard and terroir. Planted and cultivated by the Signorello Family since 1977, these grapes are the foundation of their richly structured, intensely flavored Estate wines. Ray Signorello, Jr. has left no stone unturned, no philosophy unexplored, no ancient or modern viticulture and winemaking idea untried in his decades-long quest to produce the perfect Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for his customers.
Starting the Venture
Ray’s father, Ray Sr., initiated the vineyard project during the mid1970’s by purchasing the 100-acre estate located on the Silverado Trail in the beautiful Napa Valley. His original plan was to grow quality grapes to sell to existing wineries, but the harvest of 1985 changed this plan into a new level of evolvement. The bountiful Chardonnay crop allowed the Signorellos to custom crush the excess grapes. This opportunity demonstrated what fabulous wine their vineyards were capable of producing. The project continues to evolve as do the spectacular 42 acres planted in several different varietals.
The Growers Also Become Winemakers
In 1986 the Signorellos began the second phase of the venture by building the main winery structure. This beautiful building was used for barrel storage, wine tasting and retail sales. Along with the winery building, wine production was expanded to include Cabernet Sauvignon. By the end of the 1980′s the Signorello family was thoroughly committed to making wine as well as growing grapes.
Ray Signorello Jr. began his journey as winemaker and vineyard owner in the Napa Valley during the mid1980’s. Ray, born in San Francisco, California, moved to Vancouver, Canada where the Signorello family continues to maintain a home. Ray divides his time between Napa, San Francisco, Vancouver and business related travel.
Cabernet Sauvignon Joins the Portfolio
The decade of the nineties proved to be pivotal for Signorello Estate. In 1990 the first planting of Cabernet Sauvignon began and quickly became the dominant varietal of the estate. At the same time, small parcels of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah were planted.
Father and son worked together, establishing the winery’s reputation for excellence until Ray Sr.’s passing in the fall of 1998.
The Dream Is Realized
What brought the Signorellos to the Napa Valley was the romantic side of winemaking- growing grapes, working the land, and enjoying the wine country lifestyle of camaraderie, good wine and great meals. While the Valley lifestyle is a very real part of the business, there is a serious commitment to creating a premier vineyard and producing world-class wines. Both father and son embraced this vision early in the endeavor.
This venture started as a dream; now it is reality. Ray, Jr. has started the third generation of the Signorello family and looks forward to continuing to push the benchmark that defines quality Napa Valley wine.