Fratelli Perata » Profile
Arbor Road off Hwy. 46 West. Producers of handmade Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Sangiovese and Zinfandel estate-bottled wines. Wonderful award-winners from our beautiful hill-side vineyards. Family-owned and operated. 1595 Arbor Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446. 805.238.2809. www.fratelliperata.com.
Fratelli Perata is an apropos name for this small winery and vineyard started by the brothers Gino and Joe Perata. Fratelli Perata, in Italian, means Perata Brothers. Brothers, Gino and Joe Perata, rekindled the winemaking history of their father, grandfather and great uncle when they established their winery using a small portion of the grapes grown on their 25 acre vineyard. Sons of Italian immigrants, Gino and Joe learned winemaking at the knees of their father and great uncle who produced hundreds of gallons of wine for family and friends while living in Camarillo, California. Gino and Joe were taught from the very beginning about the need for hands on work to produce top quality wines.
Gino was earning a master's degree in sociology at Washington State University and making wine in his dorm room when he met his wife, Carol. Carol grew up in the Seattle suburbs. Following graduation and marriage, the Peratas were lured away from the halls of academia by a desire to return to Gino's agricultural roots. Gino and Carol became familiar with the Paso Robles area during travels up and down the coast between Washington and Ventura County. In 1977, with brother Joe, they purchased the Arbor Road site of their vineyard and winery. After much consideration, the Peratas chose this hilltop site over others because of the sunny climate cooled by Pacific breezes.
The Peratas' initial plantings included Zinfandel for Gino and Joe's father who loved his "Zingarella." Their 25-acre vineyard, established in 1980, is completely hand worked and hand harvested. Carol says, "Our grapes are cultivated for small berry size. This produces less tonnage, but a higher skin to pulp ratio for rich extracts which give our wines a fuller flavor." From the beginning the Peratas followed the philosophy of Gino and Joe's father, who believed in stressing the plants to produce lower crop yields for the most intense fruit.
Winemaker Gino got an early start in his career by "helping" during the crush at the young age of 5. Family and friends getting together to crush the fruit continues to be one of his favorite aspects of being a winemaker. From Gino's hands on beginning, he followed up the pursuit of viticulture and winemaking by taking classes at the University of California Davis, eventually obtaining on the job training while planting their own vineyard.
The Peratas also planted Joe's favorites, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot at the advice of Paso Robles winemaker, Ken Volk. Gino has always been a fan of the Italian varietals. Carol remembers putting their youngest of three daughters in her car seat while Carol gathered Nebbiolo cuttings to add to the growing family vineyard. In 1990, Sangiovese was added to the Perata acreage.
Gino and Carol Perata live on the property and manage the day-to-day operations and are in complete control of the estate-grown and bottled wines. Two of Gino and Carol's three daughters now also work at the winery. Cathy, the middle daughter, earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California Davis in Viticulture and Enology and is now the winery's assistant winemaker. Joanne, the youngest daughter, is the winery's bookkeeper and wine club manager. She is now finishing a bachelor's degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Business Accounting.
Fratelli Perata produces approximately 2,000 cases of estate wines annually. The entire Perata family is justly proud of their entire set of wines, now including 10 different red varietals, three red blends, and a rosé.
1595 Arbor Road
Paso Robles, 93446
Daily 10 am to 4:30 pm
$5, refunded with purchase
Red Meritage Blend
Red Tuscan-Style Blend