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Q&A with Charlie Barra, of BARRA of Mendocino and Girasole Vineyards

15 Nov

As the third interview with California wine luminaries we were fortunate enough to track down Charlie Barra, owner and  grape grower for BARRA of Mendocino and Girasole Vineyards.

JK: Can you provide readers with a little background on BARRA of Mendocino and Girasole Vineyards and you?

CB: I grew up in a vineyard starting at a very young age. My family emigrated from Italy in 1906, so when they arrived in the Redwood Valley area of Northern California (where my vineyards are today) they began farming grapes as they had in Europe. So I was fortunate to be able to learn farming from my father Antonio and my grandfather, Guiseppe. And in Europe, they did not use chemicals in the vineyard, so it was a natural progression for me to adopt this approach when farming my own vineyards.

JK: What was your first job?

CB: I will be 84 years old this December and my first, and only job, has been grape farming.  As a child, I even got a pair of pruning shears for Christmas one year!

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