.....about the WineMaker
Pasquale (Pat) Del-Gatto is a fourth generation winemaker, hailing from Santa Croce, a small town of about 4000 in southern Italy, approximately 75km north of Napoli. Pat's great-grandfather was the town's winemaker. All the townspeople would bring in their grapes to be processed and made into wine. Since most were farmers with very little money, 10% of the wine yield was retained as payment. In the evenings, 'La Cantina' was open to the men to come and play cards, enjoy some cheese, various cured meats, and wine.
Old world winemaking skills and secrets were handed down to Pat's grandfather and then to his father. Eager to continue the family traditions, Pat spent years researching potential vineyard locations in British Columbia, California and the Niagara region. Drawn to the latitude and longitude of Prince Edward County in comparison to other European wine regions, he toured various available properties and settled on this 74 acre parcel in beautiful North Marysburgh. Reinforced by the positive stories of farming history from local farmers, Pat knew he had a special piece of land.
Since the first plantings in 2002, Del-Gatto Estates has evolved into a grower of cool-climate grape varieties. The disease resistant and cold hardy vineyard produces small case lots of exclusive, premium quality white, rosē and red wines. Aged ports continue to be a sold out item, as are the full bodied Baco Noir and Leon Millot.
Pat's wine making philosophy is intuitive, thoughtful and rich with the history of his family. The result is a wine with character; memorable and distinctly Italian. His Nonno [Grandfather] would be proud. A vineyard tour – is like visiting Mama's kitchen – and will leave you with a greater understanding and appreciation for the wine you are enjoying.
Looking to the future, Pat hopes the legacy of his Italian heritage will continue through his children and bring Del-Gatto Estates into a new generation of wine making excellence.--Dal vigneto cresce il nostro amore per il vino. [From the vineyard grows our love for wine.]