We are proud to release the first vintage of our HorsePlay vintage. This wine is a very special blend of our estate Mourvedre, Montepulciano and Barbera vineyard fruit. This combination combines the best characteristics of the these varietals into a robust, smooth and vibrant blend that was crafted to accompany the best of outdoor grilling of flavorful meats. 
The label is dedicated to raising funds for the "Return to Freedom" wild horse sanctuary in Lompoc California. Artist  Donna Bernstein's painting, "Into the Light", was a perfect for the cause and the label. She is contributing proceeds from the painting to RTF.
Please combine your love of good wine with a great cause and help us support Return to Freedom and these symbols of the American west.
To purchase Horseplay, you can use this website or email us at Rob@morsewines.com.  HorsePlay is $25/btl and we are not discounting the wine for wine club or case volumes, as we want to raise as much as possible for Return to Freedom.
Thank you
Rob Morse

Welcome to Il Gioiello Winery and Morse Wines

Our winery name means "the small jewel", as it is truly that. We hope you will visit our beautiful and peaceful location and enjoy the extraordinary wines from the unique terroir of our ridge top vineyards. You will find us only minutes above Amador's Shenandoah Valley Vineyards.

Il Gioiello Winery & Morse Wines

The Jewel of Amador County Wineries


Tasting Hours


11am - 4:30pm


11am - 4:30

Plan a visit to our Tuscan-inspired tasting room,

bring a picnic and enjoy

 a game of Bocce Ball!

Club Members can email

or call for court reservations!


Pasta Il Gigolo

For all of those who requested our recipe from Behind the Cellar Door food pairing....

See the video clip of Robert's lamb cooking demonstration on KCRA Sacramento

3 Brands, One Estate

  • IL GIOIELLO WINERY – Pronounced Eel Joy-Yellow, this was our first label, used for all varietals through the 2005 vintage. We continue to produce our Italian varietals, Zinfandels, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon under this label.
  • MORSE VINEYARDS – Beginning with the 2006 vintage, our Rhone varietals and Petite Sirah are produced under this label.
  • PARALLAX Representing our value priced wines.



April 26th, Fool's Fire Club Release

May 3rd Release of our new "Horseplay" wine at the "Return to Freedom" event in Lompoc Ca.


May 17th French Wine dinner at Katie's
May 17th Il Gioiello Wine Club release event

May 24th, 2nd annual Il Gioiello Dog Day: Take a vineyard walk with some wine and your pooch. A little post walk food for you and your best friend.


Come out and try our latest releases!


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