Our selection is made and imported by the Opici Winery. Their story began in 1899 when Battista Opici traveled from Italy to New Jersey with his wife and sons. His son, Joseph, and his wife, Esther, began working in the wholesale beverage industry in 1913. They imported wines from Italy and sold them throughout the city of Paterson. For twenty years, the business grew steadily. But in the early 1930s, the Opicis fell on hard times as the Depression and Prohibition hit.
After struggling through, they managed to save enough money to buy land in Cucamonga and establish their first winery in 1939. After serving in WWII, Joseph's son, Hubert, rejoined the family business and reconnected with his family roots in Italy. It was there that the Opicis began importing wines from their homeland like our Alverdi Pinot Grigio.
The winery is located in the Terre Degli Osci appellation of Abruzzi. It is so small that it doesn't even show on the World Atlas of Wine. But, that's probably all for the better as they can spend their time making wine instead of entertaining tourists.
Pinot Grigio is one of the most planted grapes in Italy. It is grown in every province and made in every style. Most of those made in the South, are heartier with more flesh and body. Ours is such a selection. The weight on the palate and bold flavors make it a natural with compelling dishes like pasta Puttanesca or Osso Buco atop a saffron risotto.