Modesto's Gallo family has roots in Italy. A member went back for a major wine award

Apr 23, 2018 551

E.&J. Gallo Winery won a major industry award at an April 14 gathering in Verona, Italy. The Modesto-based company received the 2018 Vinitaly International Award, presented during a four-day event that drew 128,000 visitors from 143 countries. Gina Gallo, a winemaker and third-generation leader in the company, was on hand to receive the honor.

Ernest and Julio Gallo, the sons of Italian immigrants, started the winery in 1933 and built it into the world's largest. "Our family origins began in northern Italy, so it is perfect to accept such an important award for our industry here in Verona," Gina Gallo said in a news release.

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