[ monticelli brothers wine ]

Immigrants have found opportunity in Napa for decades. My own family immigrated here from Mexico and Holland, and found neighborhoods teeming with families from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Not to mention Italy! Did I mention Italy? Napa's Italian families have played a large role in the community, especially the wine industry, since the 1800s. Ferrinis to Facchinis, Giovannonis to Gallos, Mondavis to Martinis...we've got Italians!

The Monticelli Family came to California from Tuscany following World War II. A family of winemakers, they brought vine clippings in their luggage (in those golden pre-TSA years) and soon began growing grapes. Today, brothers Massimo (shoveling grapes below) and Mario Monticelli, trained under their father Marcello (portrait below), produce four varieties of wine named after family members.

It was a huge treat to join them in late fall to photograph part of their harvest + production. The rich, changing colors of the grapes and juice...wafts of new wine mixing with warm olive trees nearby...yowza. You can try the fruits of the Monticelli's craft in select restaurants nationwide, or at local eateries including Don Giovanni, Cuveé + Fumé.