History of Mirassou Winemaking
The Mirassou Legacy
The Mirassou family has been growing grapes and crafting superior wines in the sun-drenched hills of California since 1854, earning the family the proud distinction of being America's oldest winemaking family. We invite you to join us in celebrating our rich history, optimistic spirit, and uniquely expressive wines by looking through the Mirassou famiily photo album.
First Generation: Pierre and Henrietta Pellier
In 1854, Pierre Pellier, our great- great- great- grandfather, sailed from France with his bride and his prized grape cuttings in search of the best California had to offfer. When his ship ran short of water, Pierre purchased potatoes onboard and inserted his cuttings, keeping the precious wines alive.
Second Generation: Pierre and Henrietta Mirassou
Our family grew as Pellier's daughter married neighboring vintner Pierre Mirassou. The vineyards thrived and this fruitful partnership marked the start of more than a century of winegrowing in the area.
Third Generation: Peter and Justine Mirassou
Peter Mirassou guided the vineyard through the Prohibition years, choosing to continue cultivating the family vines. The demands for grapes for use in home winemakinig and sacramental wine kept prices high, and after Prohibition's repeal the family winemaking business was revived.
Fourth Generation: Edmund Mirassou
Increasing urbanization became a threat to the Mirassou vineyards. Edmund Mirassou identified Monterey County as an ideal climate for grape culture, and in 1961 he brought the first vines to the area, pioneering grape growing on California's sunny Central Coast.
Fifth Generation: Daniel, Jim, and Peter Mirassou
Our family's innovative spirit has led us to introduce numerous winemaking advancces, including field-crushing grapes in the vineyard to prevent spoilage. This "vineyard in the fields" was made possible by our revolutionary work with mechanical grape harvesting.
With more than 150 years of winemaking from the Mirassou family and a line of eight uniquely expressive wines honoring our rich traditions, we are proud that for six generations we've been able to share the gift and joy of winemaking.