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Galleano Winery

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No automatic alt text available.Galleano Winery, Mira Loma, is the oldest continuously owned and operated family winery in the Cucamonga Valley, beginning with Domenic Galleano to current owner Don Galleano. Don’s son, Domenic (the great grandson of the founder) takes part in the family business and is head winemaker of Galleano Winery.

Hidden between stark industrial buildings in Mira Loma, is the little sanctuary of Galleano Winery, where locals and travelers alike can quench their thirst. Known for their affordable, fruit forward, jammy Cucamonga Zinfandels, and their highly-awarded dessert wines (a perfect souvenir from the Cucamonga Valley), the vast selection of options leaves plenty to taste and savor.

Galleano Winery has enjoyed a long relationship with the Cucamonga Valley, earliest plantings dating back to 1918—many of the vines of the Lopez Ranch Vineyards are around 90 years old. It is from these old vines that the prominent Sonoma County winemaker, Carol Shelton sources her grapes for the highly awarded “Monga Zin.”No automatic alt text available.

Shelton praised Galleano’s old vine Zinfandel for their unique flavors and characteristics typical of vines that struggle against the heat of the summer and the winds of Santa Ana. The earliest vines were planted between 1918 and 1930 at the height of Prohibition, where the Galleano family made sacramental wine. Officially opening its doors in 1933, Galleano preserves much of its history throughout the grounds of the winery and the old vine Zinfandels they produce.

The oasis, that is Galleano Winery, is littered with desert flowers, succulents, herbs, and tropical plants. The towering trees, surrounding the tasting room and guest spaces provide ample shade during warmer days. Guests are invited to wander the grounds and take a sip in the covered patio area on wine barrel furniture or enjoy a picnic in one of the many picnic tables in the grassy areas. Antique farming tools are scattered throughout the grounds as if naturally part of the landscape. Wander in the right direction and you can catch a glimpse of the vineyards just behind the tasting room

Open daily for tastings, guests can enjoy the friendly hospitality of the cozy tasting room, where usually one of the winemakers is pouring at the bar. While snacks are available, guests are invited to bring food and enjoy wine and company—life’s simple pleasures. Tours of the winery and facilities are offered on the weekends, and groups of 8 or more are asked to call ahead of time.

4231 Wineville Rd, Mira Loma, CA 91752 (951) 685-5376, www.galleanowinery.com.

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