Italian roots run deep in the Napa Valley
Italian roots run deep in the Napa Valley (and not just from the grapevines)… where California’s history of fine winemaking began over 100 years ago. After all, when the Italians landed in America – with them they brought their recipes for homemade bread, pasta and wine – the Holy Trinity of the Italian dinner table.
In Italy’s small restaurants, you will often find that the owner has made his own wine and olive oil, and often grows his own herbs and vegetables. With that tradition in mind, in 2000, Pèpe had asked his good friend and famed Italian winemaker Piero Antinori to help him design and develop a red wine specifically tailored to go with Pèpe’s Southern Italian food menu at Little Napoli.
It was Pèpe’s idea to create an Italian-style wine, but made here in California, where he could easily assist in the winemaking process. Piero Antinori owns the magnificent Antica Winery in Napa, located at 1500 ft. elevation high up on Atlas Peak and assigned well-known winemaker Glenn Salva to collaborate on the project.
After many test wine blends in 2001, Pèpe, Piero and Glenn finally believed they had created a wine that would prove to be a delicious expression of its Atlas Peak AVA pedigree and a style best suited to compliment the food at Pèpe’s restaurants. Thus, the PÈPE WINERY was born.
The flagship wine, the PÈPE “Vesuvio” is a blend of Cabernet, Merlot & Syrah with about 500 cases produced each year. A Chardonnay is also produced along with a Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and a Cabernet Reserve in limited quantities.
PÈPE wines are available at all of the Pèpe Restaurants and Bar Napoli acts as the official tasting room and shop.