Nearly a century ago, John’s great-grandfather founded Pescadero’s Arcangeli Grocery Co., a beloved Italian bakery. Building upon his family’s culinary legacy, John launched Sante Adairius Rustic Ales, a Belgian-style brewing company, before transitioning to winemaking. After an apprenticeship at the historic Heart O’ The Mountain winery (originally founded by the pioneering Paul Masson) in Saratoga, John founded Sante Arcangeli Family Wines, named after his great-grandfather.
Judicious and thoughtful, John takes a non-dogmatic approach in the cellar, aiming to express vintage variation through gentle, low-intervention, small-lot winemaking. John’s expressive and terroir-driven wines are always true to the grape variety; and acidity, fruit and tannin are always, elegantly, in balance.