Regusci Winery Feels Like Home

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With five generations to the Regusci Winery legacy, and over a century on this property, the family has planted and grown just about everything. From prunes and hay, to citrus, olives and delicious wines, the Regusci’s carry an immense amount of knowledge and deeply value sustainability.

"Sustainability means different things to different people, but to our family, it’s a concept embraced for generations. We always implement sustainable practices, not just on the 289 acres that surround us at the home Ranch, but on the 2,200 acres we farm for others as well."

The Regusci’s are near and dear to all of us at Live In The Vineyard. Jim and Laura Regusci go the extra mile to ensure outstanding products and happy customers. If you’re ever in need of a good laugh or a new friend, swing by the winery to say hello. You’re sure to walk out of a tasting with a smile on your face, some fresh goodies from the garden, and a one-of-a-kind Cabernet Sauvignon.

On April 8th, the family released a limited edition winery exclusive Proprietary Red Blend called Brave Night.

"Just a short year and a half ago, in October 2017, we received word that there was a fierce fire burning in Atlas Peak. As quickly as he could, Jim assembled a small team and went to work to keep the flames from consuming our structures. Late into the night and early into the next morning, the brave team tirelessly cut fire lines with our vineyard equipment, saving the property from ruin. We are here today as a result of the heroic efforts of everyone who helped that night. On behalf of our entire family, we are proud to release a special bottling celebrating the strength and bravery experienced that evening. We are forever grateful, and proud to introduce Brave Night."

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Become an extension of the Regusci family by joining the Regusci Winery Wine Club. In addition to having first access to the limited production wines such Brave Night, you’ll also receive access to exclusive events!


LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS WINERY

Q: Who are the owners of the winery?

A: Jim & Laura Regusci

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Q: Who is the master vintner?

A: Our winemaker is Bill Nancarrow.

Q: How did you get started in the wine industry?

A: Our winery building was constructed in 1878 and is one of California’s only Ghost winery’s. Our first generation settled on the property in 1932. Throughout our five generations, we have farmed hay, prunes, walnuts, run thriving dairy and livestock businesses, and of course, grown grapes to be transformed into world-class wines. We’ve done a little bit of everything here and are really proud of how far we’ve come.

Q: What is one of your favorite varietals to work with and why?

A: Must we choose? If so, we’d say Cabernet Sauvignon. Our location, in the heart of Stags Leap District, is prime for growing Bordeaux varietals. It was, after all, a Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap that put Napa Valley on the international winemaking radar in 1972. We craft Cabernet Sauvignon with intention from our estate and pride ourselves on the rich terroir mother nature has blessed us with.

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Q: Is there a fun fact or interesting bit of information about your winery?

A: Our outstanding hospitality and unique environment! As a working family ranch, guests will encounter horses, dogs, cattle, turkeys, chickens, peacocks, goats, donkeys, and so much more. In addition to the amalgam of friendly faces you’ll see outside of the tasting room, our Fresh Market Wagon is filled with a daily bounty from our one-acre culinary garden including fruits, vegetables, cut flowers and herbs.

Q: Is there anything you want us to know?

A: Our Tasting Room is open seven days a week and we would love to host you!

Q: Which one of your wines is perfectly paired with a particular food and why?

A: Patriarch, our Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot proprietary blend, earns its name in honor of our ranch founder, Gaetano Regusci. This wine is made from the best Bordeaux fruit grown on our estate, each vintage. The bold and juicy fruit flavors pair perfectly with our very own Smoked Pork Tenderloin with Cherry and Fig Compote. This dish, prepared by our very own estate Chef, Angel Perez, is made from Heritage Pork from our ranch. The result is a juicy, smoky serving that melds with the sweet and savory elements of the compote. It’s delicious!

Q: Which celebrity chef would you most like to fix you a meal that would then be paired with your wine?

A: We are fans, and live it truly ourselves, of the Farm to Table movement. Any chef or restauranteur who believes in preparing dishes with locally grown fruits, vegetables and meat earns our stamp of approval! Cindy Pawlcyn is one of our local celebrity favorites along with Farmstead chef, Stephen Barber.

Q: Who is your favorite artist or band that you have discovered through Live In The Vineyard?

A: Zac Brown is one of our original favorites through our Nashville connections and early years of LITV. We connected immediately when he was just getting started, even hosted his 30th Birthday here at the ranch.

Q: What type of music do you play in your tasting room?

A: Country. We’re farmers first!

In 2018, which was the first year of Live In The Vineyard Goes Country, Regusci Winery hosted the Artist In The Round Tailgate.   Featured left to right: Jerrod Niemann, Cale Dodds, Maddie & Tae, Jim & Laura Regusci, and Eric Paslay.

In 2018, which was the first year of Live In The Vineyard Goes Country, Regusci Winery hosted the Artist In The Round Tailgate.
Featured left to right: Jerrod Niemann, Cale Dodds, Maddie & Tae, Jim & Laura Regusci, and Eric Paslay.

Q: Who is your newly discovered band(s)?

A: Head over heels, we loved meeting Old Dominion in 2018 and was so excited to see them win the Band of the Year this year at the CMA Awards. Their upbeat music and fun personalities were a perfect fit for us. Having the opportunity to have dinner with them in the cellar, watch the sunset from the Golden Hour View and singing together over s'mores around the fire pit late into the night was unforgettable! Maggie Rose is a next, close best! Her lively and vibrant personality are magnetic, not to mention her stage presence and voice are stunning. (We also LOVE when she performs with THEM Vibes and her road band).

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Q: What was the last concert you went to?

A: Technically, a Carlton Anderson concert here at the winery! We were lucky enough to have Carlton perform for our Wine Club guests at the end of March. It was a stellar show! Through LITV, we also typically end up hosting private jam sessions in the comfort of our home that are better and much cozier, in our opinion than any concert.

Q: What are three interesting facts about you?

A: Three interesting facts about us:

  1. Gaetano Regusci cashed in his life insurance policy ($22,000) in 1932 to purchase our ranch.

  2. Our third-generation farmer and vintner, Jim Regusci, started his very own Vineyard Management company in 1986 (Regusci Vineyard Management).

  3. Our property and livelihood were threatened by the Napa Valley Atlas Peak Fire of 2017. We owe our thanks to a brave group of friends and family who helped us fight the fire that evening and protect our legacy for future generations.

Q: What do you wish you could tell yourself 10 years ago? What do you think you’ll want to tell your current self 10 years from now?

A: 10 years ago, the hospitality industry was still evolving here in Napa Valley. We would tell ourselves to be true to who we are, and the people will come.

Today we don’t sell wine like we did ten years ago and in 10 years, we may not be selling wine like we do today. 10 years ago, we sold wine across the country. Today we only sell wine directly to consumers.

Staying open to new and fresh ideas is always a key to staying current and relevant.

10 years from now, we will be celebrating over thirty years of winemaking!

Q: What technology innovation made the most impact on your life?

A: For us, we’d have to say smartphones (iPhones). This allows us to share special moments on the Ranch in a flash with our audience!

Q: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

A: We are passionate about sustainable agriculture and participating in efforts focused on the betterment of these programs locally. With big lotto winnings, our first reaction would be to make a bigger impact and provide support to organizations who are focused on supporting small businesses and helping Americans in every geography have access to foods grown in a socially responsible manner.

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