Hecker Pass Winery
Mario Sr’s Grandfather, gets stuck in a coal mine in America for 3 days, commits to himself “If I make it out alive, I will return to Italy and do what I love, I will make wine.”
He purchases home and land, plants vineyard. First generation winemaker established.
Our Wine Master, Mario Sr born.
With his accordion, his Motoguzi, and a bag, Mario Sr crosses the seas on a ship to America.
Works every job at local winery in an effort to better understand American wine business.
Mario and his wife purchase land in southern Santa Clara Valley to start a winery.
In May, Mario and his wife open the business of their dreams, Hecker Pass Winery is established.
Hecker Pass Winery joins Santa Clara Valley Winegrowers Association.
The first-year Hecker Pass Winery produces wine. Mario enters four wines in a competition, all four receive medals.
Winemakers special blend, Red Velvet, is created.
Carignane receives Director’s Award for Excellence in San Diego National Wine Competition.
Mario Sr is integral in the creation of a new, more locally focused wine association, Southern Santa Clara Valley Vintners Association. The Southern Santa Clara Valley Vintners Association was comprised of all family owned wineries.
Southern Santa Clara Valley Vintners Association start over 30 years legacy of Fall Harvest Festival and Grape Stomp.
Mario Sr is President of Santa Clara Valley Wine Growers Association.
1994 – 1996
Mario’s son Carlo takes over as President of Santa Clara Valley Wine Growers Association.
Carlo, as President, leads the decision to open the Fall Harvest festival to being a family friendly festival.
Carlo opens La Vigna Event Center to work hand in hand with the Winery, and give customers the opportunity to share in the family’s serene winery atmosphere.
Hecker Pass Winery has won over 150 awards and medals in state and national level wine competitions.