In 1925 the family founded the Emilio Guglielmo Winery. Speaking both Italian and French, Emile (as he was known to his French customers) developed numerous contacts and began selling his hearty Italian-style wines to the large Italian, French, and Basque communities in San Francisco. Wines bearing the Guglielmo family name quickly developed an excellent reputation for quality, and were sold in many restaurants in San Francisco’s North Beach District - as well as being delivered directly to the homes of many customers.
As one of Northern California’s wine pioneers,
the Guglielmo family have been producing wines in the Santa Clara Valley since 1925 - continuing a winemaking craft passed down for generations in Italy. Born in 1883 near Asti in Italy’s Piedmonte region, family patriarch Emilio Guglielmo (Gool-yell-mo) left his homeland when he was 25 years old and traveled to America.
Arriving in New York City in 1908, Emilio held a variety of jobs while working his way west - finally arriving in San Francisco in 1910. After sending for his Piedmonte sweetheart, Emilia, the couple married and soon began producing wine for their friends and neighbors in the basement of their Excelsior District home. Knowing the era of prohibition would soon come to an end, Emilio and Emilia invested in the future by purchasing vineyard land in the agriculturally rich Santa Clara Valley near Morgan Hill, about 80 miles south of San Francisco.
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