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Rosa-Lucca Estates is a small family vineyard located in Cool, CA. El Dorado County

Mickey and Steve Borello - Rosa Lucca VineyardMickey and Steve Borello grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel, in beautiful El Dorado County, California. Our wines are single vineyard, made in small lots. We sit at 1600' in elevation, and are located in the El Dorado AVA, within the larger Sierra Foothills AVA.

Mickey’s parents, Luke and Rose purchased 70 acres in El Dorado County in the early 1970’s and the family lovingly refers to it simply as, “The Ranch.” Many family gatherings and happy memories have been made, and continue to be made here. With Grandmama’s loving nature and Grandpa Luke’s teasing humor, they created a very happy place for their family to grow and gather. In 2010 the Borello Family planted a vineyard on a portion of the property and named it “Rosa-Lucca Estates” to honor these very much beloved parents. Grandmama, our matriarch, is one of the “Roses” we honored in the naming of our red blend inaugural wine, “Three Roses.” The other two “Roses” are a daughter, and a granddaughter.

Steve’s parents, Ernie and Nancy made trips from San Jose to the ranch often. They were all about the family and loved attending their grandchildren’s events and activities. Grandma Nancy especially loved visiting in October, as she looked forward to helping with the family pumpkin patch every year. Ernie never knew a stranger, and was Grandpa Ernie to everyone. After the passing of Grandma Nancy, Grandpa Ernie came to live with us, and we’re here to tell you— it was quite a task trying to keep up with this 89 year old sparkplug! Grandpa Ernie was a tireless worker, and our zinfandel vines were his field of choice to tend. He was in his element! Our zinfandel wine, “Grandpa’s Field,” was named in his honor.

Appreciating our families’ Sicilian/Italian heritages, we recognize and admire the sacrifice, strength, and hard work that was necessary to survive and succeed in their new lives. It inspires and strengthens us. With both sets of our parents being first generation Americans it was their parents, our grandparents, who bravely blazed a new trail by leaving the only home they knew to provide a better future for their families. We have many beautiful memories filled with love, honor, and respect for both generations.

With our parents, children, and grandparents providing us with such a strong familial driving force, we embrace this new opportunity to grow and learn; and as such are enthusiastic students of the vines as well as the wines. We look forward to our new path, and to sharing our adventures, experiences, and delicious wines with you.

We are located in the small historical town of Cool, California in scenic El Dorado County, which is in the El Dorado AVA, within the larger Sierra Foothills AVA. Our vineyard sits on a hilltop at an elevation of 1600 feet, with soil consisting of Sobrante, very rocky silt loam. Cabernet Sauvignon is planted northwest facing, Petite Sirah faces northeast, and our Zinfandel faces southeast. All varietals are on 110-R rootstock.

We are within four miles of the American River Confluence, which connects the middle and north forks of the American Riv er at the El Dorado County and Placer County lines. Our Mediterranean climate consists of warm to hot days, and cool nights. Our winters are mild, with an occasional light dusting of snow. The experience and talent of our winemaker Dominic Mantei have helped Rosa-Lucca Estates turn grapes from our family estate vineyard, into award-winning wines. Rosa Lucca Estate is honored to have him as part of our team.

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