Pamo Valley Vineyards

Galleano

Galleano

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Our second visit was to Galleano Winery. This was our first time to this winery and we all really enjoyed it.  This is what you call a historic winery! The land to plant the grapes was purchased in 1927.  Their grapes are grown and harvested in the Rancho Cucamonga Valley.  I could not get over how affordably priced these wines were.  I loved the historic ambiance (hence all the pictures). The tasting room was tiny and the lights were dimmed.  I’d say it was about a 150 sq ft or a little more.  They had a neat window over looking the vineyards.  It was just so quant. One of my gripes about San Antonio Winery was that they served their tastings in paper dixie cups.  They said with the holiday’s they were quite busy and that was the reason for this. Still.  Anyhow, Galleano had these little glasses similar to candle votives which I thought was pretty neat and I may use that idea in our tasting room! You could tell there was alot of family history at this winery with many of the family serving tastes and talking about the winery from behind the bar. Another standout was how they sold 1 gallon jugs of wine.  This was very Italian to me, and I thought it was a classic.  Also, the wine tasting was free. You dont find that too much anymore.  I tasted the Riesling and a white blend named Candlelight White. Both very nice although the latter a little too sweet for my liking.  I also had to try the most expensive wine on the list which was $40/bottle (average price at most wineries!) and that was their Claret, a blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet and Merlot.  Quite delightful, a big, bold wine for those looking for a punch!  On the softer side, I really enjoyed there Chianti with a residual sugar of 1.5%.  This winery was selling alot wine!  Customers were walking out with cases! I can see why given they are so good and affordable.  Lastly, an elder gentleman and his wife said, “forget the wine”, “you have got to try the three generations port”!  This was not on the tasting menu but the gentleman behind the bar was glad to give me a taste.  I thought it was quite nice, more on the brandy side.  I wish I could give more of a description but it wasnt listed on their menu and I’ve even gone to the website to try to find it but their site is “Under Construction”.  Regardless, this is definitely a winery I’d recommend anyone in the area to visit!

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