Gianelli Vineyards garners wine medals

By Sean Janssen, The Union Democrat February 02, 2012 05:39 pm

Ron and Lorie Gianelli, owners of Gianelli Vineyards in Jamestown, were honored with five medals in the prestigious 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition — three golds and two bronze.

“We were hoping and praying for one gold and were ecstatic when we found out that we had won five medals from the six wines we entered,” Lorie Gianelli said.

The 2009 Montepulciano, 2009 Alianico and 2010 Fiano each garnered a gold medal at the judging, considered one of the largest competitions of American wines in the world and one of the toughest wine competitions in the United States. The 2009 Barbera and 2009 Nino took bronze medals. “My goal is to put Italian wines on the map,” Ron Gianelli said. “All of our vines are certified Italian clones. This is the time to enjoy Italian wines.”

The five medals from the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition add to a growing list of awards and accolades for Gianelli Vineyards wines. Last year, the 2008 Dolcetto won a gold medal and the 2008 Sangiovese won a silver at the 2011 San Francisco Wine Competition.   

The 2008 Dolcetto also took a gold medal at the 2011 Calaveras County Fair Wine Competition and a silver medal at the 2011 California State Fair. 

The wines are produced by winemaker Chuck Hovey at the Jamestown estate. The Gianelli tasting room is open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Mondays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 18263 Main St. in Jamestown.

For more information, call Gianelli Vineyards at 532-0414, the tasting room at 984-1500 or visit