Il Gioiello Winery & Morse Wines

The Jewel of Amador County Wineries

Our Labels
IL GIOIELLO WINERY - for our premium Italian varietals

Our name, pronounced eel--joy-yellow, literally means "the small jewel" in Italian.  This exactly describes to us what we think of our winery: a small, precious jewel.  It was also the name of Galileo's estate in Arcetri, Tuscany where he was placed under house arrest.  Intrigued?  We would love to have to visit us to find out more about the name, and why we chose it.

When the winery first began, all of our wines were produced under the Il Gioiello label.  Beginning with the 2006 vintage, we are marketing our Italian varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandels, and Super Tuscan under this label, and our Rhones under the new Morse label.Our estate-grown Italian varietals include Aglianico, Barbera, Montepulciano and Sangiovese.  We also grow our Zinfandels and Cabernet Franc on the estate.

Our first Super Tuscan was blended in 2007, using the name "Triumphe." It is a blend of 70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet Franc, both from the estate.  This is our signature wine.

MORSE VINEYARDS - for our premium Rhone varietals

After many discussions with wine store owners, restaurateurs, and others, we decided our Rhone varietals needed to be marketed under a different label.  Our first Il Gioiello label was just too Italian-sounding.  So, we actually came up with a name that everyone can pronounce - Morse!  (Not to mention that it's Robert's last name.)

Beginning with the 2006 vintage, our Rhone varietals and Petite Sirah are produced under this label. We are also using a Rhone-shaped bottle.

Our estate-grown Rhone varietals include Viognier, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.  We also grow our Petite Sirah on the estate.  We have been blending many of these using the names "Ensemble Blanc" for our white Viognier / Roussanne blend, and "Ensemble" for our Grenache / Syrah / Mourvedre (GSM) blend.

PARALLAX - for our value-priced wines

The application of Parallax is used to measure far-away stars and explain the apparent motion of objects as your perspective changes. Parallax has been us before the times of Copernicus and Galileo.

We chose the name “Parallax” because our wines will change your perspective on just how good everyday drinking wine from the Sierra Foothills of California can be.

The Parallax wine brand was started for our restaurant clients who needed value-priced wines to pour by the glass.  The wines are still produced using our high quality hand sorting techniques.  However, they are produced primarily from non-estate grapes.
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