Gaspare Indelicato, founded and patriarch of Delicato Family Wines, came to Central California from Sicily in 1912. The 18-year-old emigrant came from a long line of farmers who planted grapes among their crops and enjoyed making their own wine. During the grape harvest at a vineyard in Lodi, California, Indelicato met Italian-born Catherine, or “Caterina”. They married in 1921. Two years later, Indelicato borrowed money from a bank to buy and cultivate a 28-hectare former dairy farm in nearby Manteca, because he was very taken with how greatly the landscape resembled his Sicilian homeland. In 1924, they planted small plots with the Carignan, Mission and Zinfandel grape varieties in order to make their own wine. The almost Mediterranean climate, with its cool evening breezes from the Pacific, proved superb for producing quality wines.
Gaspare's three sons – Frank, Anthony and Vincent – were in charge of the winery from the 1950s to the early 2000s. Since 2004, Delicato Family Wines has been run by the third generation of the Indelicato family – with Chris and his brother Jay at the helm.
Together, the brothers and their cousins have succeeded in greatly expanding the winery while remaining true to their family's core values of integrity, hard work, and high standards. Long-term sustainability is firmly enshrined in the winery's philosophy. The family is committed to minimizing the impact of the business on land, air and water. Delicato Family Wines wants to help create a vibrant, thriving environment for future generations.