Come to connect to old Southern California.
The Cucamonga Valley once had more vineyards than anywhere else in the US. This was coupled with a booming wine industry. This was the largest and most famous wine region in California. The first wine grapes were planted in the 1880s by Italian immigrants. Even up to the 1950s there were 35,000
acres of grapes in the valley, now, because of urbanization, the land has become too valuable for farming. Less than 1,000 acres of vines remain.
The Galleano Winery (one of only three remaining in the Valley) was started by Domenico Galleano in 1927 and it survived the Great Depression, Prohibition and recessions. The winery is now cared for by the third generation of Galleanos. Dry-farmed Zinfandel, Palomino, Grenache, and Mourvedre are hand-picked and certified organically grown.
The Winery is an oasis in the middle of development with old trees, a house built in the 1890s, old barns and out-buildings with the vineyard at the door. Although the Galleano Winery complex has been put on the National Register of Historic Places ensuring its future preservation, it still is very much a working winery producing great zinfandels, sherry and port.
The Galleano Winery embodies all that Slow Food is about. Vines, some 70-80 years old, are grown organically and tended by hand. Wine-making follows the European tradition. During the visit we will be able to see first hand the solera process for making fortified wine as we had explained at the recent sherry tasting at Grace Restaurant. As well as wine, sherry and port cellar tastings we will have a box lunch outdoor picnic style or indoors if the weather is unpleasant.
When: Saturday, November 19, 2005, from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Where: Galleano Winery, 4231 Wineville Road, Mira Loma, CA 91752
Cost: $20 per person includes lunch, wine, and tour
Directions: Mira Loma is located at the Southern end of the Cucamonga Valley (San Bernardino-Riverside counties). The winery is accessible from the 60 (Pomona) preferably, or the 10 (San Bernardino) freeways about 50-60 miles east from west LA (little more than one hour’s drive). For specific directions see the winery webpage Tastings and Tours. Phone: 951.685.5376.
Reservations: Reservations must be made in advance by phoning or emailing as follows:
Phone: 323.442.3231 (daytime); 310.470.9480 (evenings). Email to Runnegar@usc.edu.
Reservations will be confirmed on receipt of a check made out to Slow Food LA and sent to:
2886 Nicada Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90077
Please phone or email Maria Runnegar (as noted above) for any further information.