BARRA OF MENDOCINO: ORGANIC SHINING DELIGHT
Following in the footsteps of his father, Antonio Barra, and his maternal grandfather,
Guiseppe Rovera (who immigrated to Mendocino County from Piedmont, Italy in 1906),
Charlie began farming grapes in the mid-1940s.
By 1954, he had purchased Redwood Valley
Vineyards, the ranch that is home to over 175 acres of organically grown Pinot Noir,
Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Chardonnay, Pinot
Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Muscat Canelli. In 1955, when Charlie began planting new
vines, he was fortunate to be able to rely on the practical experience of his father
and grandfather to help him make the right choice in selecting rootstock and varietal
These choices, over the years, have proven that he made the right ones.
Choosing to farm organically is just now beginning to pay off with consumer demand
growing rapidly for wines grown without the use of chemicals, pesticides or other
harmful materials. With over six decades of experience in the back pocket of his Wrangler
jeans, Charlie Barra -- now 84 years old -- farms his organic vineyards with the goal
of producing rich, distinguishable fruits that shine through in every glass of
BARRA of Mendocino wine.
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