Gaspare Indelicato, founder and patriarch of Delicato Family Wines, arrived in central California in 1912 from Sicily. The 18-year-old immigrant heralded from generations of farmers who planted grapes among their crops and enjoyed making their own wine. While picking grapes in a Lodi, California vineyard, Indelicato met Italian-born Catherine, or "Caterina." They married in 1921. Two years later, Indelicato borrowed money from a bank in order to buy and farm a 68-acre onetime dairy ranch in nearby Manteca, impressed by how the landscape resembled his Sicilian homeland. In 1924, they planted small plots of Carignane, Mission, and Zinfandel vines for making their own wine. The Mediterranean similar climate accentuated with its cool evening breezes from the Pacific Ocean proved to make outstanding quality wines.
With Gaspare’s three sons – Frank, Anthony and Vincent - running the winery from the 1950s until the early 2000s, Delicato Family Wines is now being run since 2004 by the 3rd Generation Indelicato Family – with Chris and his brother Jay at the helm.
Together, the brothers along with their cousins have managed to substantially grow the winery while holding true to their family’s core values of integrity, hard work and high standards. Anchored by long-term sustainable focus, the family has built the winery around the commitment to minimize the impacts of the business on the land, air, and water, to help ensure a vibrant, thriving environment for future generations.