100 Years Later
Over a century later, the Migliavacca Wine Company has been revitalized and the journey begins anew. Inspired by founder, Giacomo Migliavacca, great-great-granddaughter and fifth-generation Napan, Katie Migliavacca and winemaker Vincent Traverso strive to make wines that reflect the passion and creativity that fueled Giacomo’s original vision: to produce wines of excellence and value, with reverence to the importance of family and community. These principles served as the foundation for this pioneering wine brand, and we hope they will be continued with each bottle shared around the family table by a new generation of wine drinkers.
The New Collection
To honor and celebrate Giacomo Migliavacca's legacy, the label is a reproduction of an original. We enhanced the award Giacomo was most proud of: the gold medal he won at the 1889 Paris Exposition, where he was only one of three California exhibitors to receive a gold. The wines we're currently producing are Italian varietals: Sangiovese, Vermentino and Rosato.
The caretaker of Migliavacca Wine Company‘s liquid legacy is both an accomplished winemaker and an ardent preservationist. Vin Traverso cut his teeth as the long-time right-hand to winemaker Kirk Venge, inheriting the ‘garden our grapes’ philosophy that guides the careful cultivation of wines that are ‘made in the vineyard.’ Crafting fine wines for dozens of elite cellars from hundreds of small-farmed blocks, Vin brings to Migliavacca the know-how of Napa Valley winemaking along with the know-where of California viticulture.
Vin knows it, because he’s from it. Born in Napa, raised in the Valley, and brought up in the Bay, he guards its heritage because it is his own. While Vin serves on both the Board of Directors for Napa County Landmarks and the Treasure Island Museum, he also practices preservation in his other business endeavors as a restorer of stained glass windows (his first job was at a glass studio he still works in), as a revitalizer of the historic Kingfish Pub & Café in Oakland, and as a principal in his current preservation project, Kasper’s Original Hot Dogs, also in Oakland. Vin calls winemaking ‘his dayjob’; he calls historic preservation ‘his vocation’.
Raised in the Christian faith, he studied at Westmont to become a minister, before switching gears and exploring other traditions as a Middle East Studies major at U.C. Berkeley. After stints as a teacher and then fishmonger in Dubai, he went on to serve as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, with posts in Afghanistan, Israel-Palestine, and Libya, before switching gears yet again to earn a Master’s of Science in Viticulture & Enology from Montpellier SupAgro in France and University of Verona in Italy.
When not bouncing between vineyards, cellars, and studios, Vince can be found paddling the Napa River, hiking the East Bay hills, sailing the San Francisco Bay, or simply picking up litter along Oakville Cross Road, the Valley’s “magnificent mile,” along which he fights blight and plants wildflowers.
Rebirth of Migliavacca Wine Company
The Migliavacca Wine Company is no longer merely part in Napa Valley’s history. It has been officially revived by Katie Migliavacca and her business partner, winemaker Vincent Traverso.