Frank Indelicato, Sr. beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and employer passed away on Sunday, July 22 in Stockton, Calif.at the age of 87.
Frank Indelicato, Sr. along with his brothers Anthony and Vincent, transformed a small vineyard planted in 1924 by their father Gaspare and Uncle Sebastiano Luppino, into one of the most successful wine companies in California.
In 1988, the brothers purchased the largest contiguous vineyard property in the United States, San Bernabe Vineyard, located in Monterey County. Over the next two decades, the three worked tirelessly to improve the quality of grapes grown at San Bernabe, eventually replanting the original vineyard using grape clones, root stocks and varietals better suited to Monterey's cool climate. In addition to San Bernabe Vineyard, the brothers developed Clay Station Vineyard in the foothills northeast of Lodi.
The vision of Frank, Sr., Anthony and Vincent Indelicato reached beyond the vineyards into the wine cellar. The three greatly expanded the family winery in Manteca, installing the latest winemaking technologies and building an additional winery at San Bernabe. These actions fostered the creation of wine brands that were successfully distributed in the US as well as many international markets.
Frank Indelicato, Sr. was born on April 6, 1925 in French Camp, Calif. He spent his childhood working with his father and brothers in Delicato's Manteca cellars and vineyards. He attended the University of California at Berkeley and graduated in 1947 with a Bachelors of Science degree. Indelicato, Sr. then returned to the family business where he worked for over six decades. Over the course of his 65 years with Delicato Family Vineyards, he worked nearly every position from vineyard manager to winemaker to accountant all the while working hand in hand with his brothers.