Petite Sirah, known for its small berries and bold, concentrated flavor, burst onto the California wine scene in 1961 when Jim Concannon choses to bottle the first varietally labeled Petite Sirah. Previously used for blending, this unique grape varietal, with its jammy fruit flavors and generous, age-worthy tannins, has entranced oenophiles and consistently gained in popularity since its birth fifty years ago. Concannon Vineyard encourages everyone to join us in honoring the “little grape that could” and the man who started it all, Jim Concannon, 3rd generation vintner and the “Father of Petite Sirah.”
For over 125 years, the histories of the California wine country and Concannon Vineyard have been intrinsically linked. Four generations of family involvement has a rich history of firsts:
- A Founding Family of California Wines – Over 127 years as the first successful Irish-American winery in the U.S. in 1883.
- Bucking the trend by varietally labeling Petite Sirah, before any other U.S. winery with vintage 1961.
- Pioneering clones 7 and 8, the bedrocks of California Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1970s, replanting many of Napa Valley vineyards.
Watch a short video about the Concannon family beginnings.
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With four generations of family involvement, Concannon Vineyard's pioneering contributions to winemaking have positioned us as a landmark winery with an enduring commitment to creating outstanding, award winning wines. We invested millions to restore our historic winery and revitalize our estate vineyards, ensuring that future generations continue to enjoy the world-class wines envisioned by our founder James Concannon over 125 years ago.
Discover the country with John, 4th generation vintner, as he shares fine wine & good stories with great people!