Brian and Stephanie Terrizzi bring their combined love of Italy, wine and food to create their Gornata wine brand to the temperate climate of Paso Robles. The Central Coast of California possess many of the attributes of the top wine growing regions of Italy which led Brian and Stephanie to the area.
Their small tasting room has a modern comfortable feel. The sit down tasting bar is a welcome respite. The wines are made from local fruit including from their vineyard where they grow Nebbiolo, Ribolla Giallo, Trebbiano and Fruilianno.
Brian's love for Italian wine started many years ago and stems from his lifelong love of Italian food and fascination with his Italian heritage. After working for respected Zinfandel producer Rosenblum Cellars, he traveled to Italy to work with the famous Paolo DeMarchi at Isole e Olena in Tuscany.
Stephanie's interest in science and her pre-med background led to more formalized wine training, leading to a Certificate in Viticulture from the Santa Rosa Junior College while performing vineyard duties in Napa and Sonoma. Next, on to Fresno to pursue a degree in Enology, Chemistry and Plant Science from Fresno State where she gained winemaking experience while also experimenting with Cabernet Sauvignon in her own backyard project.
They work with the same grape vines (clonal material) as the best producers in Italy. Their winemaking style leans more Italian than Californian in that favor wines with balance and subtlety rather than intensity and extraction. They pick our grapes at lower sugar levels and handle the must gently in the cellar, resulting in wines that belong on the Italian dinner table possesing both ample acidity and tannin.
Call for an appointment to taste at the winery or at their vineyard.