Louis M. Foppiano, the general manager of Foppiano Vineyards & Winery, which has been in the Foppiano family since 1896, is the first recipient of the “Lifetime Contribution to Sonoma County Wine Industry.”
The award, presented at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair Awards Night, honors a person or family who has made outstanding contributions to the county’s wine industry. Foppiano has been a longtime leader in the wine industry and has served in many organizations that promote the county’s wine, vineyards and agriculture.
Louis M. Foppiano’s family has been making wine for six generations in Sonoma County. His great grandfather bought the Healdsburg winery and vineyards in 1896, and Louis’ father, Louis J. Foppiano, worked seven days a week for most his life. The patriarch of one of California’s oldest family-owned wineries passed away last March at the age of 101.
Louis M. Foppiano is now the winery’s general manager, and his late brother’s son, Paul Foppiano, manages the vineyards. Foppiano Vineyards produces a number of wines, including Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Petite Sirah.
Foppiano Vineyards is a 160-acre estate in the Russian River Valley. Visitors can take self-guided tours of the vineyards, taste the wines and use the picnic tables for a family outing. Foppiano says his family always strives to make quality, well-balanced wine that people can drink with dinner, or just enjoy with friends.
The Lifetime Contribution to the Sonoma County Wine Industry award is a new Harvest Fair addition this year. “My father was born in the business and died in the business,” says Foppiano. “Our family is proud and honored to be receiving this award. We’ll try and live up to it.”