F. Teldeschi Vineyards
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F. Teldeschi Vineyards

Dry Creek Valley

Our Story

The sign in the driveway of the Teldeschi ranch in Dry Creek Valley says, "Parking for Italians Only." Inside the house, the same rule seems to be enforced. The kitchen is commandeered by Caterina Teldeschi. Tomato sauce is simmering on the stove, along with steamed vegetables and rolls of sauteed beef.


Teldeschi Vineyards sits on 70 acres in various parts of Dry Creek Valley, the Teldeschis grow Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane, some Cabernet, a little Gamay, some Malvasia, Cinsault and more. "We have some Palomino and French Colombard, too," says John Teldeschi, Frank & Caterina's secondo maschio (second son) "I leave it out for the deer and turkeys. That way they don't eat the other stuff." The vines range in age from one year to ninety years. "Three-quarters of them were planted by my dad," says John, "and most of them are Zinfandel. Zinfandel was his favorite. He always thought it would be what it is today."

John's father, Frank Teldeschi, died in 1985. He came to California from Italy in 1929, following in the footsteps of his forebears. Frank's grandfather Michele arrived at the turn of the century from Casabasciana, a Tuscan village northeast of Lucca, where the family raised chestnuts, olives, and hemp.

John is now the family grapegrower, though Caterina continues to own the vineyards. She pays for chemicals and fertilizers; John pays for equipment and labor. Dan is the Winemaker and sells the product of the family's years of toil. So continues the fourth generation of Teldeschi winemaking into the new millennium. 

Meet the Winemaker

Dan Teldeschi

Wines

Varietals

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Muscat Blanc
  • Petite Sirah
  • Zinfandel

Appellations

  • Dry Creek Valley

Amenities

  • Tours
  • Private Tours*
  • Wine Club
  • Indoor Seating
  • Pet Friendly
  • Kid Friendly

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