Like many successful ventures, Papapietro Perry Winery was hatched in a garage. Following the lead of the rebellious garigiste movement in Bourdeaux, a handful of friends in San Francisco committed to making their own Pinot Noir to drink — and to have a bunch of fun in the process. Fortunately for them, they had Ben Papapietro as their home winemaker.
From the start, it was clear that the wines from Ben and Yolanda Papapietro’s hillside garage in San Francisco were exceptional. The early wines were even mentioned favorably in the Wine Spectator and other wine publications just as the craze for quality California Pinot Noir began. However, as word of mouth grew about the Papapietro Perry Wines, it became clear that the next step was to embrace that this should be more than a hobby fully. It was a big step not taken lightly.
Ben even took a job as general manager of a winery in Sebastopol to transition to the wine world. The two were also busy securing fruit from what turned out to be exceptional vineyards in Peters Vineyard and Leras Family Vineyards. But it was Bruce finding available space in 2000 to make wine at the Windsor Oaks Winery that marked the winery’s arrival on the commercial scene.
The best of our past continues. There is always good food and wine on hand, and the quality of the wine remains a singular focus. And we still stick to a minimalist approach to winemaking. The Papapietro Perry cellar is simply a more elaborate version of Ben’s garage where he started making such compelling wine more than 35 years ago. “Authentic, not pretentious,” says Ben. “Confident, but not too serious. Humble. The winery is an extension of my home and personal hospitality.”
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