Our History: Building the Dream

Started by John Backer and Jill Zamborelli Backer, our passion for cooking, eating, and sharing meals with friends led us to this dream, yet it’s a natural extension of both of our family’s legacies. John’s family has been growing grapes in California since the 1800’s, while Jill’s family brought their Italian food and wine traditions over from a small town just outside of Rome. Wine making isn’t easy, and it it’s not exactly glamorous, but we’ve found that most things that are worth doing, the things that are truly satisfying, usually turn out to be that ways. Still today, we’re as passionate about what we do as we were when we began. Simply put, we’re proud of our elegantly crafted wines, and humbled at the thought that you’ll enjoy it over great food with great company.

Our Wines

We age our wines longer than most, in order to bring out the refined softness that only really comes with age. We’re a small production operation, so in any given year our wine selection may change depending on that season and which blends feel complete. Our flagship wines, both highly sought after, are Jovial, a Reserve Super Tuscan blend, and Ingenious, a unique Reserve Nebbiolo-based blend. Other distinct Italian varietals we produce include Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Our wines are available in our Santa Barbara tasting room, but are always allocated to our club members first. If you’d like exclusive access to our limited release wines, please consider joining our Bella Famiglia.