Di Stasio Vineyards

Shenandoah Valley
Current Owner
John Di Stasio
Planted by
The Esola Family
Location Notes

This property is half of the original Esola ranch which was divided in 2001. The property has been in the family since 1911.

Di Stasio Vineyards was formed by John Di Stasio in 2001, great-grandson of Giacomo Esola. Di Stasio has been involved in farming the property since 1993. When the property was divided the Esola Ranch stayed with my aunt, Lena Esola, whose daughter, Denise, who owns Esola Vineyards today.


The Prisoner Wine Company
Di Stasio Vineyards & Wines
Andis Wines
Villa Toscano

Historical Producers

Ravenswood – 90’s
Hess Collection – early 2000’s
Carneros Creek Winery – 70’s thru 90’s
Sutter Home – 70’s thru 90’s
Ridge – 70’s & 80’s


Old Vine Zinfandel with flavors of raspberry, cherry, plum and peppery spice


This vineyard is comprised of a series of small blocks on both hills and valleys. The characteristics are different as a result of orientation, drainage and airflow. The hillside vineyards have consistently produced fruit with the best characteristics of old vine, head-trained, dry farmed Amador County vineyards.


Most of the zinfandel vineyards are on St George rootstock, head trained and dry farmed for most of their existence. Deficit irrigation is still used and only when necessary. The vineyards are characterized planted on hillsides, 8×8 rows, head trained with an east/west orientation.

Submitted by
John Di Stasio