Winery

Galleano Winery pickers are harvesting 220 acres of wine-producing vines on the Lopez Ranch in Fontana.  (Contributed photo by Mike Myers)

Galleano Winery pickers are harvesting 220 acres of wine-producing vines on the Lopez Ranch in the northwestern part of Fontana.

The Galleano Winery is the oldest continuously operated family-owned winery in the Cucamonga Valley. At its peak, there were 45,000 wine grapes planted in the valley. Today there are perhaps 400-600 active acres throughout the valley.

The Lopez Ranch is located off Cherry Avenue between the Route 210 and the Interstate 15 freeways.

Domenic Galleano, the fourth generation owner of the Galleano Winery, said that the Lopez Ranch will "triple its yield for 2019." The vines are rooted in a rocky sandy soil and "we had a very wet year and mild summer, which is what the vines need."

Agustin, who supervises the pickers, said the Zinfandel grapes are very good this year. They are sweet and the right size for a "good wine," he said. He expects the harvest will continue for another month.

Land development and affordable property are considered to be the biggest threats to the remaining vineyards.

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