Mike Sangiacomo+

Mike Sangiacomo, Partner

Steve Sangiacomo+

Steve Sangiacomo, Partner

Mia Pucci+

Mia Pucci, Partner

Mike Pucci+

Mike Pucci, Operations Manager

Mike Sangiacomo

Mike Sangiacomo, Partner

Mike Sangiacomo is a third generation partner at Sangiacomo Family Vineyards, located in Sonoma, California where his family has farmed since 1927. He has lived and breathed agriculture from the day he was born. His grandfather taught him how to prune fruit trees from the ground up when he was eight years old and was too short to climb the ladder. Later he was thrilled when, at age 12, his uncle Buck let him drive the fork lift during harvest. Shortly thereafter he began assisting at the inspection station for pears as they were sorted for the canneries. When the family business transitioned from orchards to vineyards he began learning the intricacies of grapegrowing and has never looked back.

He has lived his entire life in Sonoma Valley with the exception of his college years at Santa Clara University where he studied business and marketing and a year working at Charles Schwab. In his heart he always knew that he would return to Sonoma Valley and the family business.

He shares responsibility with his brother Steve for managing the family’s 1600 acres of vineyards as well as grape sales to more than 70 premium wineries, many of whom vineyard-designate their wines with the Sangiacomo name. He particularly enjoys the daily agricultural challenges as well as the long-term strategic challenges of nurturing and sustaining a large family business. He takes great pleasure in growing a tangible product that is ultimately so enjoyable to share with friends and family.

Mike is a Commissioner of the Fiscal Oversight Commission of the Sonoma County Agricultural and Open Space District and a current board member of the North Bay Water District,and the Sonoma Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency.

He continues his lifelong passion for sports that began when he lettered in football, basketball and baseball in high school and then played football and rugby in college. After twenty years as an Assistant Football Coach at Sonoma Valley High School,  he began coaching Little League baseball and CYO basketball. He loves coaching kids as he feels there are great life lessons to be learned through sports.

Mike lives in Sonoma with his wife, Whitney, and their children, Joe, Julia, and Robby. When not in the vineyards or spending time with his family, he enjoys hiking and playing golf.

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Steve Sangiacomo

Steve Sangiacomo, Partner

 

Steve Sangiacomo is a third generation partner at Sangiacomo Family Vineyards, located in Sonoma, California where his family has farmed since 1927. He grew up on the ranch and began learning the ropes from his father and extended family at a young age. As far back as he can remember, he clamored to tag along with his father and uncles during early morning frost protection after which he enjoyed a special treat — doughnuts. He took to the fields early and recalls jumping off a tractor to race to seventh grade orientation. In his early 20s he began learning the family business from the ground up and in his 30s he and his brother Mike took over the reins.

Today Steve shares responsibility with his brother for managing the family’s 1600 acres of vineyards as well as grape sales to more than 70 premium wineries, many of whom vineyard-designate their wines with the Sangiacomo name. He also oversees his family’s own newly-released wine label, Sangiacomo Family Wines. He flat out loves his job, particularly the wide variety of responsibilities spanning the agricultural, strategic, and operational aspects of the business.

He has lived his entire life in Sonoma Valley with the exception of his college years at St. Mary’s where he studied business and economics and an internship at the Xerox Corporation. He never wavered, however, in his desire to return to the ranch.

Steve is a board member of the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Association, the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation, and the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation.

A natural athlete, he calls upon his earlier experience as a high school basketball, football and baseball player as well as college football to serve as a volunteer coach for Little League baseball and CYO basketball.

Steve lives in Sonoma with his wife, Connie, and their sons Drew and Sam. When not in the vineyards or spending time with his family, he enjoys playing golf.

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Mia Pucci

Mia Pucci, Partner

 

Mia Pucci is a third generation partner at Sangiacomo Family Vineyards, located in Sonoma, California where her family has farmed since 1927. She considers herself lucky to have had the chance to grow up on the ranch and fondly remembers many hours as a child spent playing in the vineyards, skipping rocks in the creek, or working in the garden.

A graduate of Dominican College, she gained ten years of experience working in San Francisco for brewer Scottish and Newcastle prior to returning to Sonoma Valley with her husband Mike.

While her brothers and husband work on the front line of the business, she prefers to work behind the scenes, offering guidance on all major strategic decisions. She also works hard to keep the family heritage alive. She is well-known and respected for her culinary skills, particularly preparing her grandmother’s famous raviolis with gravy for family gatherings hosted at her home.

She lives in Sonoma with her husband Mike and their two children, Michaela and Dom. She is proud of what her family has achieved and is thrilled to be able to raise her children in such a beautiful and strong community, amongst her extended family and many friends. In her spare time she enjoys volunteer work in the community, cooking, and hiking.

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Mike Pucci

Mike Pucci, Operations Manager

 

Mike Pucci is a second generation Californian who was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a graduate of Sacramento State College where he majored in finance and business administration. He worked in a technical sales role at Hewlett-Packard for ten years prior to making the move to Sonoma Valley.

He met Mia Sangiacomo on a blind date in San Francisco in 2004. Shortly thereafter they moved to Sonoma and were married.

He joined Sangiacomo Family Vineyards in 2006. As Operations Manager, he takes the lead in ensuring the family business remains on the cutting edge technologically. He manages data collection and interpretation, including pressure bomb readings, yield estimates, bunch weights and cluster counts.  He spearheaded the implementation of an innovative methodology to capture this data from the field as well as subjective data such as signs of pests, vine health, and general grapevine phenology. Using GPS-enabled devices connected to a web-based database, workers code data to the exact spot where the sampling takes place, enabling targeted follow-up actions and long-range planning.

He particularly loves the excitement of harvest as a year’s worth of planning and farming come to fruition.  During harvest, he oversees picking and loading of the lots, trucking and delivery.

A talented photographer, Mike always has a camera close at hand as he makes the rounds of the vineyards, ready to capture a perfect sunrise over the vineyard, bud break, or the excitement of night harvest. His images offer glimpses into the daily workings of the family business and the natural beauty of the ranch. Most recently, he launched an effort to capture images of the vineyards from a drone.

Mike and Mia live in Sonoma with their two children, Michaela and Dom. When not busy working, he enjoys playing the guitar — particularly Allman Brothers tunes – or riding through the vineyards in an ATV with his kids.

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