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The Sainis are 4th generation Sonoma County grape growers that have been farming grapes in Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley for over 100 years. Renowned for their integrity, attention to detail and impeccable farming skills, it's their passion for quality coupled with their experience and familiarity with the land they farm that sets them apart from the rest.

Their legacy began in 1908, when Great Grandfather Michele Saini came to the United States from Genova, Italy.  He bought a farm in the Dry Creek Valley in 1917. While continuing to ride a horse and buggy to work in San Francisco as a garbage man, the farm produced such crops as pears, apples, prunes, and winegrapes. Wanting to enjoy the fruits of his labor, Michele became very skillful making wine in his basement that was good enough to be sold in San Francisco. Keeping in tradition, second generation Grandfather Eugene “Si” Saini partnered with his cousin Gene Cuneo (both their fathers were also partners), and bought a second ranch in the Alexander Valley in 1934. With impeccable farming skills, they built a solid reputation as grape growers, selling to some of the best wineries in Sonoma County.

Si passed all of his knowledge onto his son John, who would carry the family business into the 3rd generation. The family grape growing business which became Saini Farms, Inc. was created in 1984 and covered 300 acres of vineyards. 

In 2008 another chapter in the Saini Family story began with the launch of Saini Vineyards. John and his wife, Patti Saini, along with son, Mike and longtime friend, George Christie, had talked for years about starting a wine brand of their own and in the Fall of 2008 those conversations became a reality with the harvest of their first grapes destined for the Saini Vineyards program.

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