Brutocao Family Vineyards
Winemaking traditions often begin around the table. Brutocao Cellars’ roots started four generations ago, around a dinner table in Venice, Italy.
When the Brutocao family came to the New World and married into the Bliss family of farmers, it was only natural that they would combine their passions and become grape growers and winemakers.
Irv Bliss purchased our Mendocino County property in 1943. The Brutocao family released their first vintage in 1980. Shortly after, they chose the Lion of St. Mark, modeled after the lion on top of St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice, Italy, as their symbol of family tradition and quality. That quality comes from the location of their 400 acres of vineyards in southern Mendocino County.
The Brutocao family tradition of serving wine at a table means wines are produced with good food and good friends in mind. Today, the family still blends their Italian heritage with their rural agricultural lifestyle to make some of California's finest wines – producing 30 wines from 15 varietals of grapes grown in Southern Mendocino County and Anderson Valley. These wines include Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as Italian varietals such as Primitivo, Barbera, Sangiovese, Dolcetto, and the proprietary Quadriga, a blend of all four of their Italian varietals