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Gianni Abate
Winemaker - Chalone Vineyard

Born and raised in California, Gianni Abate frequently rode his bike around the family asparagus farm in California's Central Villey, never once imagining that he could make a career out of making wine. As far as he was concerned, wine was just something great grandparents make down in the basement. 
Gianni began attending the University of the Pacific with aspirations of becoming a pharmicist and currently holds a degree in Biological Science. Fortunately, soon after spending time working as a pharmacy technician he realized that th epharmacy industry was not well suited for him. Due to the many hours spent in a lab coat with no clear career path, Gianni found himself working in the labs of several San Joaquin County wineries. It was in these wine labs that Gianni was exposed to the details of wine making and the structure of the wine business. This experience proved to be the hook that has kept Gianni focused on making world-class wines for the past 18 years.
Gianni was most recently the winemaker at Morgan Winery in Salinas, where he made award-winning wine for 11 vintages. Prior to that, Gianni received winemaking eperience at Robert Mondavi, Woodbridge, Bronco and Delicato Family. He is thrilled to be continue the tradition of producing world-class wines with Chalone Vineyard. His hands-on approach to winemaking has been a brilliant addition to Foley Family Wines. At Chalone Vineyards, Gianni works with consulting winemaker Michael Michaud who brings more than 30 years of experience with the Chalone ACA.