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Dono dal Cielo Vineyard

Dono dal Cielo Vineyard In 1932, nestled in a quiet little valley in Placer County, Domingas and Maria Ferreira built Rancho Serra da Estrela (Sierra Star Ranch) which had been named after their native town in Portugal. The ranch and fertile farmland produced many decades of dairy products and fresh fruit including plums, peaches, cherries and pears. And though Rancho Serra da Estrela is no longer operational, another family is still sowing dreams in the same quiet little valley. Today, almost 75 years later, William and Karen McGillivray are following their lifelong passion for that perfect balance of earth, sun and soul on 30 acres of the original Rancho Serra da Estrela. That passion has brought them to their own Dono dal Cielo, meaning "gift from Heaven". In 2001, they began with just 10 acres and a shared vision. Their dedication to build, from the ground up, a vineyard that would be nurtured with their passion, hard work and excitement has brought them to where they are today. In 2002, they planted their first 7 acres with 6000 Zinfandel vines. Along with their 6000 vines, the McGillivrays have added another 20 acres of land to their vineyard. They are preparing that land for additional vines. William and Karen have lived in Newcastle for 17 years, raising children and enjoying rural living. There is not a day that goes by that they are not in the vineyard and both cherish every watch their "gift from Heaven" come to life through their hands' work, their hearts' investment and the earth's patience.


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5960 Wise Road, Newcastle, CA, US, 95658 Email:
Phone: 916-408-2233 Web:
Fax: 916-408-4535
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Our 2005 Zinfandel is brilliantly bright, perfectly clean and jammy while fruit-forward with hints of anise. It is remembered for its concert-long finish.
Our 2006 vintage highlights bright fruit notes of plum, strawberry, raspberry and cherry with aromas and flavors of cinnamon, allspice and anise.


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