Edward Graziano, Mendocino County winegrower

Edward Augustino Graziano, a prominent Mendocino County winegrower and cherished friend of many in our community, passed away at his home after battling cancer on May 23, 2024, at the age of 83. Known for his dedication to sustainable farming and high-quality wine production, Eddie leaves behind a lasting legacy in the local viticulture community.

Early Life and Education

Born and raised in Calpella, California, by his parents Clara and Edward (Hugo) Graziano, Eddie was part of a family legacy that began in 1912 when his grandparents Vincenzo and Angelina moved from Genoa, Italy. His family’s journey in viticulture started in 1917 when they began planting grapes and purchasing over 100 acres in Calpella. Eddie learned the art of farming from his grandfather Vincenzo and his father Edward (Hugo). He graduated from Ukiah High in 1959, where he excelled in baseball, basketball, and golden gloves boxing.

Career and Contributions

Eddie followed in his family’s footsteps by running the family vineyards, including 11 acres of Carignane and Moscato, along with Zinfandel and Charbono. His innovative approaches and commitment to sustainability helped elevate the reputation of Mendocino County wines both nationally and internationally. Eddie was also passionate about race cars, spending weekends at Lakeport Speedway racing in the modified class.

Family and Community Involvement

In 1962, Eddie met the love of his life, Francis Lynn Gifford, and they married in 1964. He is survived by his wife Francis, their three children, Erick, Roxane, and Joellie, and eight grandchildren, Ericka, Chase, Lauren, Courtney, Kellie, Beau, Bella, and Cash. Eddie was a beloved figure in the community, known for his humor and kind heart, despite his stubborn Italian ways. He was also an active member of several agricultural boards and winegrower associations, mentoring young farmers and advocating for sustainable practices​

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