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Cupertino in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Winery and Ranch Operations

 
 
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Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, July 23, 2022
1. Winery and Ranch Operations Marker
Inscription.  The Picchetti family built this winery in 1896, enabling them to produce their own wine. Before then, they had sold their grapes to other local wineries. Theresa Picchetti advised her husband, Vincenzo, to withdraw their savings, which totaled about $8,000, from the Union Savings Bank in San Jose and invest in their own winery. This was an auspicious move because the bank failed soon after.

The stables behind you held horses, which were crucial for work in the vineyards and orchards. Boarding horses on the ranch also provided an additional source of income for the Picchettis. For a time, one room on the north side of the stables was used as a bedroom for ranch workers. A bocce ball court that ran along the north end of the winery and fermentation building was a popular source of entertainment for the Picchettis, their guests, and their workers.

The winery building underwent structural repairs in 1986. Between 1992 and 1993, the barn and blacksmith shop were restored using Proposition 70 grant funds from the California Wildlife, Coastal, and Park Lands Conservation Act of 1988. The Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989 led to stricter
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standards for masonry buildings in California. In response, the winery building was seismically retrofitted in 2006 with the help of grant funding from the California Heritage Fund through the Park Bond Act of 2000 and the Santa Clara County Historical Heritage Commission. This building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
Inset Image Caption: The Picchetti family kept these old bottles from the original winery operation for generations. They are still stored on site today.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Agriculture. A significant historical year for this entry is 1896.
 
Location. 37° 17.649′ N, 122° 5.416′ W. Marker is in Cupertino, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Montebello Road. The marker is mounted to a metal stand in front of the winery building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13100 Montebello Road, Cupertino CA 95014, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The First Home on the Ranch (within shouting distance of this marker); Everyday Life at the Ranch (within shouting distance of this marker); Picchetti Ranch (within shouting distance of this marker); Stevens Creek Dam & Reservoir (approx. 0.7 miles away); Garrod Farms (approx. 2 miles
Winery and Ranch Operations Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, July 23, 2022
2. Winery and Ranch Operations Marker
away); Arroyo de San Joseph Cupertino (approx. 2.3 miles away); Captain Elisha Stephens (approx. 2.6 miles away); Paul Masson Mountain Winery (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cupertino.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 6, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 6, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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