Barra of Mendocino

Contact: Charlie Barra

Contact: Martha Barra

Address: PO Box 196

City: Redwood Valley

State: CA

Zip: 95470

Phone: 707-485-8771

Membership: Small

Date Joined: January 15, 2012


Web Site: Barra of Mendocino

Comments: Charlie Barra was born in Calpella, CA (just 5 miles north of Ukiah) in 1926 to Italian immigrants Marie Rovera and Antonio Barra. Descendants of Piedmont, Italy, both the Rovera and Barra families worked in the vineyards of Italy spanning as far back as the mid 1800s. So it was only natural that Charlie and his two brothers spent their young teen years working side by side in their father Antonio's vineyard in Northern California, learning to prune at the ripe age of 10! In 1955 Charlie purchased Redwood Valley Vineyards, 175 acres of vineyard located at the headwaters of the Russian River, nestled at the base of rolling foothills. When Charlie purchased the vineyard, farmers were averaging as little as $40 a ton for their grapes, as the demand for quality wine based on true varietals had not yet been established. And while growing the fruit was his first passion, the downturn in the grape market in the late 90s gave Charlie and Martha pause. It was time to take some of the premium fruits that had been nurtured and cultivated with such care and bottle it themselves. The BARRA of Mendocino wines were born in 1997, with the first release being the 1997 Petite Sirah. All BARRA of Mendocino wines are made with 100% estate grown grapes from organic-certified vineyards.

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