The history and tradition of the Filippi winegrowing family continues and flourishes today with each new vintage as 4th generation Joseph ‘J.P.’ Filippi builds upon over 90 years in the historic Cucamonga-Guasti winegrowing area.
Since 1994, the Filippis have revitalized old vineyards and undertaken new vine plantings. They continue working to restore the historic Ellena Bros./Regina Winery with the City of Rancho Cucamonga.
On March 31st 1995 the United States Treasury Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) ruled Cucamonga Valley an approved viticulture area ( View Appellation ). This was the result of a petition written and filed by our winery specifically for us and other vintners and growers in the area. This new law enabled wineries use of the words Cucamonga Valley on their wine labels utilizing at least 85% Cucamonga grapes.
The Filippis have assembled a top-flight vinification (winemaking) team, headed by Director of Winemaking Joseph P. Filippi, Dr. Fred S. Nury – Emeritus Professor of Enology and Food Science California State University Fresno and retired vintner-winemaker Rene’ Biane. With this advanced level of winemaking expertise, Joseph Filippi Winery & Vineyards has placed Rancho Cucamonga back on the winemaking map.
Joseph Filippi wines are the result of a craftsmanship derived from tradition, passion, skill and artistry. The fifth-generation winery is establishing itself among California’s finest producers, while remaining true to the family’s heritage of excellence in Cucamonga Valley winemaking.
Joseph Filippi limited production releases include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Mourvédre, Muscat of Alexandria, Syrah, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Pinot Grigio, Tempranillo, Grenache, Sangiovese, as well as aged sherries and specialty ports including the popular Fondante Ciello ‘chocolate’ Port and also Ports from Zinfandel, Alicante and Petite Sirah. The Filippi’s also present barrel select Barrel Blends.
Since 1995, the winery has undertaken several new acres of vineyard plantings and vineyard revitalization projects in the Etiwanda area of RanchoCucamonga. Premium red grape varietals include Petite Sirah, Grenache Noir, Tannat, Mourvedre, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante, Tempranillo and Syrah. New vine plantings in cooperation with the City of Rancho Cucamonga and the Rails to Trails project, the Cucamonga Valley Water District, Red Hill Country Club, and other private entities are scheduled for 2008 through 2010.
The Filippis’ have expanded their operation and are producing delicious award-winning vintages, according to industry experts. “It’s pretty amazing what they’ve been able to do,” says Dan Berger, a Sonoma County wine columnist whose credentials include a nine-year stint as the Los Angeles Times wine writer. “It’s not an easy business to be in,” Berger said. “But the Filippis are really reaching out and making great strides. They’ve produced excellent wines and they’re improving all the time.”
The winery operates a winery tasting and sales location in Rancho Cucamonga. Throughout the winery’s spacious tasting areas, adult guests may sample reserve barrel-aged releases and award-winners, and purchase bottles available solely at the winery. A knowledgeable and wine-friendly staff offers you personal service in the recommendation of wines that will not only suit your palate, but also complement important occasions and special cuisine.
Joseph Filippi Winery & Vineyards has earned over 200 Awards for winemaking excellence in the past 30 years. Award-winning varieties include Zinfandels, Grenaches, Cabernets, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Mourvedre blends, Sauvignon Blanc, Sherries, Ports and Angelica wines. Visitors are always welcome at our wineries to taste any our delicious wines and ask any questions they may have about wines. Come share our passion for the grape!
The Filippi family has grown premium wine grapes in the Cucamonga area continuously since 1922. In keeping with the City of Rancho Cucamonga’s commitment to honor its viticulture heritage, the ongoing restoration/preservation and planting serves as a deserving tribute to the early vintner lineage that has made Rancho Cucamonga what it is today.