Gadino Cellars

The two founding owners, Bill Gadino and Aleta Saccuta Gadino, share a similar Italian family heritage of home winemaking.  Their grandfathers  emigrated from Italy in the early 1900’s and brought with them the custom of making wine for family and neighbors.  Those rustic and often robust wines—and the passion and home-grown skill that infused them—were an essential part of their daily lives. While living in California, Bill and Aleta visited many small wineries and started on their own jouney into winemaking. Several years later they purchased fifteen acres of land in Rappahannock County, Virginia.  They began planting vines and for the next twelve years  managed the vineyard from afar as “weekend warriors”, traveling from their Fairfax home. Finally, they took the leap to open a commercial winery when daughter Stephanie and her husband Derek showed interest in carrying on the family tradition.  Ground was broken for Gadino Cellars in April 2004.  The cellar was carved out of the hillside to maintain a more constant temperature for wine production.  With only days to spare before our 2004 harvest, the construction of the cellar was completed.  Their first crush followed, utilizing the latest winemaking equipment and processes. Four vintage years later, they produce—by choice—under 1500 cases of wine per year, and they continue to focus on creating small lots of fine quality wine.