As a lifetime farmer, Jeff Gargiulo has always been passionate about the land and agricultural, and today that passion is focused on the joys of grape growing and fine wine making. 30 years ago though, he and his wife Valerie only dreamed of one day building a premier wine estate. That dream took shape in the early 1980s when Jeff and Valerie and their young family traveled to Napa Valley to visit Valerie’s cousins, Barney and Belle Rhodes. Napa Valley icons, Barney and Belle Rhodes had been in the Napa Valley since the late 1960s growing grapes in Rutherford at Bella Oaks Vineyard. Jeff and Valerie were inspired by their cousin’s Napa Valley lifestyle and confident that with their help and Jeff’s agricultural knowledge they would make some of the finest wines in the world. Twelve years later and with countless hours of coaching from Barney and Belle, Jeff and Valerie purchased their first vineyard in Oakville, Napa Valley, Money Road Ranch in 1992. Seven years later they purchased their second Oakville property, 575 ovx.
Money Road Ranch:
Money Road Ranch is a 40-acre vineyard located in the heart of Oakville amongst the vines that produced Napa Valley’s very first 100 pt Cabernet Sauvignon. The soil is deep but very stratified with layers of sandy loam clay and gravelly alluvium, which is well drained and porous. The typical daily temperature range is thirty degrees, with average nighttime lows in the mid 50s and daytime highs in the mid 80s. This daily oscillation in temperature is the largest in the valley and creates an ideal balance of fruit acids and sugar ripeness in our grapes, which translates into a balanced and well structured wine. Bright, succulent cherry and blackberry flavors are signatures of Money Road Ranch wines. The aromatics develop into rich plum, cassis and even dark cocoa notes.