Our story begins a few generations ago in the Piedmonte region of northwestern Italy. Clara Accornero grew up tending the family’s grapes on the steep hillsides of Santo Stefano in the 1930’s. In 1939 Clara immigrated to America with her sister Pierna, leaving one other sister and two brothers behind in Italy. Her brothers, Romauldo and Domenico Accornero continued in the wine business as distributors. Their cousins continue to grow grapes in Italy today. During the 1940’s Clara’s Uncle Guilio Accornero operated the Sonoma Hills Wine Company, which was located at 114 Embarcadero in San Francisco. In 1940 Clara married Anthony Martorana whose family was from Palermo, Sicily. Today, Clara and Anthony’s grandsons, Gio and Tony Martorana, continue the story.
The Martorana Family Vineyards has been growing grapes in the Dry Creek Valley for over 25 years and has produced some of the finest grapes for several well known wineries in the area. We farm over 55 acres in three different locations in Dry Creek and Alexander Valley. Part of our land is dissected by Wine Creek and is listed on the historical record as having been a Native American fishing village originally occupied by the Southern Pomo Indians.
At Martorana Family Vineyards we are committed to organic farming practices and produce 100% of our wines from organically grown grapes. We are currently in the process of becoming certified by the CCOF, California Certified Organic Farmers, the largest and most reputable organic certification agency in the country. All of our wines are crafted from our own grapes which have been grown without the use of pesticides or chemicals for the past five years. Our organically grown grapes consist of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel and Chardonnay. Our adage has always been to practice sustainable farming methods and to preserve our soil for the next generation of winegrowers.
Our farming team consists of Clendenen Vineyard Management, Amigo “Bob” Cantisano of Organic Ag Advisors, and Gio Martorana, the winemaker. We have been a family owned and operated vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley since 1983.
Our winery, which we constructed in 2007, is located at 5956 West Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg, California. The building was designed with a Green Roof planted with sedums to eliminate the need for air conditioning thereby saving electricity and helping to reduce future global warming. We encourage you to come visit our hidden treasure and enjoy the beautiful countryside that we call Dry Creek Valley.