Bacchus Winemaking Club
Please join us on a winemaking journey!
Everyone has a story. They're what make us who we are and give life to what we've been through. And the tale of our winemaking club is no exception, however it began long before us, back in seventh century BC. So here's our story, right from the beginning…
Reigning over the heritage of winemaking is Bacchus – God of grapes, harvest, and revelry. His cult followed him religiously, throwing festivals so free and wine-drenched that they became legendary tales passed down from one Roman generation to the next. But Bacchus is a symbol of much more than just myths of debauchery. It’s a calling that only some are born with. It’s an interwoven connection of passion, history, and family, and it touches a select few so deeply that it inspires them to create the only thing as transcendent as Bacchus’s story – Wine.
Dominick Chirichillo, owner and winemaker of Domenico Winery, has heard the song of Bacchus ever since he was a child in the 50s, watching wide-eyed as his grandfather made wine in their New York basement. His promise for winemaking caught fire, and soon he was running something similar to a mentorship, buying Italian grapes from California to make barrels of wine with anyone who wanted to learn. However it was far more than just a passion-project or a side job. Dominick was helping people from all walks of life learn how to make wine the same way he learned from his grandfather, and those before him. They were making wine, but they were also weaving an ancient story. So it was in the 1980s on the east coast of the United States, and with purple stained fingers, that Dominick Chirichillo braided the yarns of winemaking across generations and over continents, and the original Bacchus School of Wine was born.
A few years later, Dominick’s winemaking destiny carried our family to California, where we opened Domenico Winery and kept our humble beginning, only with a slight name change. The Bacchus Winemaking Club starts every year in August with a Harvest Party. It’s a time to open our doors again, this time for the 15th year in a row, to all walks of life who have ever felt that magnetic pull toward winemaking. It’s a time to taste wines from all over California, to celebrate the harvest like Bacchus would, to choose the grapes that speak to you, and continue the age-old weaving. You’ll crush, press, and follow your grapes to the bottle, lacing your winemaking story into the same quilt of our ancestors, just as Dominick did as a child in that New England cellar.
So let’s kick off this harvest season on August 12th at the Annual Bacchus Harvest Party! We’ll have appetizers, plenty of the 2017 vintage, and reserve wines to taste, and amazing grapes to choose from to begin your Bacchus winemaking journey with us. Get your tickets at the link below — We can’t wait to celebrate with you!
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