Even when Indelicato, Sr. handed over the day to day operations to the third generation at age 83, he remained active in the business, going to the office daily and serving as a member of the Delicato Family Vineyards' Board of Directors. "People ask me when I'm going to retire," he once said. "I don't fish, I don't hunt, this is my life. I enjoy it."
"Uncle Frank was an incredible human being who always encouraged us to work hard together," says CEO and President Chris Indelicato. "I credit him with teaching our generation about life's challenges and helping guide the winery to success over the years. His positive, upbeat nature will be greatly missed."
Frank Indelicato, Sr. is survived by his wife, Alice Indelicato, brother Vincent Indelicato, sister Frances Sciabica, sons Frank Indelicato, Jr. and Michael Indelicato, daughter Cheryl Indelicato Hoover, seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Frank Indelicato, Sr.'s name to Shriners Hospital of Sacramento, 2425 Stockton Boulevard, Sacramento.
Currently, Delicato owns vineyards across notable California winegrowing regions including Napa Valley, Lodi and Monterey. Vineyards from these renowned appellations provide fruit for the Delicato wine portfolio which includes Gnarly Head, Noble Vines, Black Stallion Estate Winery, HandCraft, Bota Box, Massimo, Irony, Twisted and Domino. To date, the wines of Delicato Family Vineyards are distributed nationally as well as in 60 markets around the world.
More is at www.dfvwines.com.