Rosa d'Oro Vineyards and winery is owned and operated by the Buttitta family. We have been growing premium wine grapes in California since 1953. Today we focus on the production of old-world Italian wines of the highest quality made from our own sustainably farmed vineyards. In the Italian tradition we also produce our own orchard-grown olive oils and vinegars. We control quality the traditional way, by performing all of the work, beginning to end, ourselves. This is the only way we believe that quality and character can be made to speak for themselves.
In 1991 we moved to Kelseyville, in Lake County, from our Sonoma County vineyards, and in 1994 we began planting our first vines. The rich, red volcanic soil, warm daytime temperatures and cold nights are perfect for our selection of Italian varietals. The rugged climate produces powerful wines of particular character.
In 2003 we offered our 2001 and 2002 wines to the public for the first time. We are expanding our production every year and we are currently producing just fewer than 2000 cases a year. 2004 saw our first production run of estate grown extra virgin olive oil from our pendolino, maurino, frantoio, leccino, corotina and arbaquena olive trees. The last few years have been very good, allowing us to open a tasting room to the public in 2005. Our first bottling of oak aged varietal vine vinegars was released in June 2007. Today, we grow and produce many award winning wines, including Aglianico, Barbera, Dolcetto and Primitivo. We also vint award winning Sangiovese and Rosato from locally produced grapes.
Our Tasting Room is located in the historic First Bank Building at 3915 Main Street in downtown Kelseyville, CA and features a handcrafted walnut tasting bar and a small, unique gift shop inside the original bank vault.