San Diego Winery Lauded at Amador County Competition

Gianni Buonomo Vintners Wins Double Gold – Best of Class

How does a San Diego beach winery win top honors in a competition for wines made exclusively from Sierra Foothills grapes?

That’s the question many were asking at the Amador County Fair Wine Competition earlier this month when a Double Gold Medal and Best of Class honors were awarded to San Diego’s  Gianni Buonomo Vintners.

Winemaker Keith Rolle explains, “ The competition clearly states that wine must be made from local fruit which in this case, is the Sierra Foothills American Viticultural Area (AVA). But the rules don’t specify that the winery itself must be local.”

Primarily known for juicy Barberas and spicy Zinfandels, this prime grape growing region in northeastern California also produces the rare varietal Charbono.  Rolle sourced his Charbono from the Arrastra Vineyard in Placerville in the heart of El Dorado County. He then drove it 500 miles to his San Diego winery to ferment and barrel age.

The Charbono coming out of Gianni Buonomo Vintners is no stranger to wine competitions. This spring the same 2015 Charbono won a Gold Medal at the prestigious Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. Last year, the 2014 Charbono was awarded a Double Gold Medal in the renowned San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

“We’re a very small winery. Nobody up there in the Foothills has ever heard of us. Being an outlier and winning these awards on this stage is a huge honor.”


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Recently named Best San Diego Winery by San Diego Magazine,  Gianni Buonomo Vintners continues to garner critical acclaim by earning double-gold medals in domestic and international competitions from coast-to-coast. Just steps from the Pacific surf in the heart of Ocean Beach, Gianni Buonomo sources super-premium grapes from both El Dorado County CA and Washington state. Grapes are brought to the beach to vinify, barrel age, blend, bottle and serve in a line-up of truly exceptional, award-winning wines.