Vincent Indelicato Dies At 84

Napa, Calif.—Vincent (Vince) Indelicato of Manteca, age 84, died Dec. 17, in Modesto, Calif. He was born at San Joaquin County Hospital on Sept. 2, 1933 to Gaspare and Caterina Indelicato.

Indelicato spent his childhood working in the Manteca cellars and vineyards of Delicato Family Vineyards, founded by his father Gaspare Indelicato and his uncle Sebastiano Luppino, who started growing grapes in 1924. Vincent Indelicato and his brothers Frank and Anthony took over the family business in 1960. Indelicato graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1955, and spent his life working for the company alongside Dorothy, his wife of 62 years, who passed away in May of this year.

During his career, Indelicato held numerous roles in the family business from the first sales position to president and CEO. Vince joined the company board in 1973 and continued to grow the company with his brothers. In 1988, they purchased San Bernabe Vineyard in Monterey County, California, and worked for decades to perfect the quality of grapes. They then developed Clay Station Vineyard in the foothills northeast of Lodi, Cali.; expanded the family winery in Manteca; and built an additional winery at San Bernabe.

Currently in its fourth-generation of family members, Delicato has grown to rank among the top ten wineries in the United States in volume and farms more than 3,800 acres of family-owned vineyards including Lodi, San Bernabe, Santa Lucia Highlands and Napa. Delicato sells approximately 10 million cases a year, including popular brands such as Gnarly Head, Noble Vines, Bota Box, Z. Alexander Brown and Black Stallion Estate Winery in Napa Valley.

Before his passing, Indelicato served as chairman of the board, advising his nephews Chris Indelicato, president and CEO and Jay Indelicato, COO, on company strategy. "My Uncle Vince has guided the family and Delicato Family Vineyards into the company it is today," said Chris Indelicato in the obituary released by the family. "We will miss his unparalleled experience, gentle spirit, and fierce independence."

Vince Indelicato is survived by his children Marie Mathews and husband Kim, Robert Indelicato and wife Leslie; and grandchildren Stephen Mathews, Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato, Katie Bloudoff-Indelicato, and Kyle Bloudoff-Indelicato. He enjoyed bowling, racquetball, discussing politics and drinking coffee with his friends.

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