Sonoma County Visionaries, Immigrants and Winemakers, 1865-2005

Processed by Sonoma County Wine Library staff; machine-readable finding aid created by Geoffrey Skinner.
These materials were assembled and digitized as part of the California Local History Digital Resources Project, supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered in California by the State Librarian.
Published by the Sonoma County Library
Published May 30, 2019
Sonoma County Library
6135 State Farm Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Sonoma County Visionaries, Immigrants and Winemakers, 1865-2005

Sonoma County Library

Descriptive Summary

Collection Title: Sonoma County Visionaries, Immigrants and Winemakers,
Date (inclusive): about 1865-2005
Collection number: SPC.00086
Creator: Sonoma County Wine Library
Physical Description: 191 items (approximately 1.0 linear feet) Size of entire repository approximately 120 linear feet (of which 3 linear feet are file drawers, 97 linear feet are map/poster drawers, and 20 linear feet are miscellaneous items including framed prints), 462 online items (191 objects in this collection/271 digitized photographs in other collections). Pictorial materials are housed in: 1 three-foot drawer of photographs; five 54" x 42" flat files; and two sets of custom wine label drawers, totaling ten drawers, with each drawer 2 feet deep.
Location: Sonoma County Wine Library Closed Stacks
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Sonoma County Wine Library
Abstract: Collection contains images, postcards, maps, wine bottle labels and other emphemera that portray the wine makers and companies of Sonoma County, past and present, from the 1860s through the 2000s. They document the immigrants and Utopians who founded the early wineries, wine families, the vineyards and wine production and the many varieties of wine created in Sonoma County.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Sonoma County Wine Library's online local history collection includes images of historical interest of the Sonoma County wine industry from the 1870s through the 1990s. These images portray the wine makers and companies of Sonoma County, past and present. They document the immigrants and Utopians who founded the early wineries, wine families, the vineyards and wine production, promotional postcards, and the many varieties of wine created in Sonoma County.
Most photographic postcards and a selection of photographs were taken by commercial photographers and include captions. Many of the wine labels include vintage information. Items were selected from a wide range of wine-related collections comprising the Sonoma County Wine History Collection, housed in the Sonoma County Wine Library. Some may also be found in the library online public access catalog. Consult the library for more information.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection.

Personal Names:

Harris, Thomas Lake, 1823-1906
Paulsen, Pat
Bagnani, Dante, 1912-1992
Bagnani, Giuseppe, 1881-1951
Bagnani, William A., 1913-1966
Bagnini, Rosa, 1882-1970
Bundschu, James
Cadenazzi, Eva, 1908-1950
Carreras, Rosemary
Cartee, Kenneth
Ciatti, Dora Agnes, 1911-1993
Foppiano, Louis M., 1947-
Greeott, John, 1862-1948
Greeott, John, 1862-1948
Haigh, Isabelle Victoria, b. 1887
Murphy, Katie Wetzel
Rossi, Edmund (Edmund Arthur), 1924-1996
Soldavini, Steven Peter, 1898-1990
Stossel, Ludwig
Vare, George A.
Vercelli, Joseph S., 1912-2005
Vercelli, Livia M., 1914-2002
Wetzel, Hank
Wetzel, Margaret Cranford Kirkpatrick, 1925-2008

Family Names:

Bagnani family

Corporate Names:

Brotherhood of the New Life
California State University, Fresno
California Wine Association
San Francisco 49ers (Football team)
Sebastiani Vineyards
Sonoma County Harvest Fair (Santa Rosa, Calif. : 1998)
Sonoma County Wineries Association
United States. Army
Alexander Valley Vineyards
Alexander Valley Winery Co.
Alpine Winery
Asti Winery
Fountaingrove Vineyard Co.
Frank Nervo Winery
Frank Schoonmaker & Co.
Geyser Peak Winery
Gundlach Bundschu Winery
Isaak DeTurk Winery
Italian-Swiss Colony (Firm)
L. Foppiano Wine Co.
Pat Paulsen Cellars
Pat Paulsen Vineyards
Riverside Farm (Healdsburg, Calif.)
Sbarbaro Winery
Sonoma County Wine Growers Association
Sonoma Valley Vineyard (Firm)
Tait's Cafe
Trione Cellars
Trione Vineyards

Geographic Terms

Alexander Valley (Calif.)
Asti (Calif.)
Geyser Peak (Calif.)
Geyserville (Calif.)
Healdsburg (Calif)--Description and travel
Paris (France)
Pritchett Peaks (Calif.)
San Francisco (Calif.)
Santa Rosa (Calif.)
Sonoma County (Calif.)
Sonoma Valley (Calif.)
United States--Armed Forces--Italian Americans

Topical Terms

Advertising campaigns
Advertising--California--Alexander Valley
Alexander Valley (Calif.)--History--20th century
Auctions--California--Alexander Valley
Auctions--California--Sonoma County
Bald eagle in art
Beverage containers
Business cards--California--Alexander Valley
Coopers and cooperage--California--Asti
Dionysus (Greek deity)--In art
Draft horses--California--Geyserville
Football teams--California--San Francisco
Forified wines--California--San Francisco
Fortified wines--California
Fortified wines--California--Geyserville
Fortified wines--California--Healdsburg
Fortified wines--California--Sonoma County
Fortified wines--California--Sonoma
Fountain Grove Ranch (Santa Rosa, Calif.)
Grape juice--California--Sonoma County
Labels--California--Sonoma County
Luncheons--California--San Francisco
Mural painting and decoration--California--Asti
Railroad cars--California--Santa Rosa
Railroad stations--California--Geyserville
Red wines--California--Alexander Valley
Red wines--California--Geyserville
Red wines--California--Healdsburg
Red wines--California--Sonoma
Red wines--California--Sonoma County
Rose wines--California--Geyserville
Rose wines--California--Healdsburg
Sparkling wines--California
Sparkling wines--California--Healdsburg
Sparkling wines--California--Sonoma
Utopias--California--Santa Rosa
Varietal wines
Varietal wines--California
Varietal wines--California--Alexander Valley
Varietal wines--California--Geyserville
Varietal wines--California--Healdsburg
Varietal wines--California--San Francisco
Varietal wines--California--Sonoma
Varietal wines--California--Sonoma County
Vineyards--California--Healdsburg--Travel and description
Vineyards--California, Northern
Vintners--California--Alexander Valley
Vintners--California--San Francisco
Vintners--California--Santa Rosa
Vintners--California--Sonoma Valley
Vintners--California--Alexander Valley
White wines--California
White wines--California--Alexander Valley
White wines--California--Geyserville
White wines--California--Healdsburg
White wines--California--Sonoma
White wines--California--Sonoma County
Wine and wine making--California--Alexander Valley
Wine and wine making--California--Asti--Illustrations
Wine and wine making--California--Asti
Wine and wine making--California--Geyserville
Wine and wine making--California--Vineburg
Wine and wine making--Equipment and supplies--California--Alexander Valley
Wine and wine making
Wine and winemaking--California--Santa Rosa
Wine barrels--California--Alexander Valley
Wine barrels--California--Santa Rosa
Wine bottles--California--Alexander Valley
Wine bottles--California--Healdsburg
Wine bottles--California--Sonoma County
Wine bottles
Wine labels--California--Alexander Valley
Wine labels--California--Asti
Wine labels--California--Geyserville
Wine labels--California--Healdsburg
Wine labels--California--San Francisco
Wine labels--California--Santa Rosa
Wine labels--California--Sonoma
Wine labels--California--Sonoma County
Wine tasting--California--Asti
Wine tasting--France--Pari
Wine--California--Alexander Valley
Wine--California--Alexander Valley County
Wine--California--San Francisco
Wine--California--Santa Rosa
Wine--California--Sonoma County
Wine--California--Sonoma County--Price
Wine--California, Northern
Wineries--California--Alexander Valley
Wineries--California--Alexander Valley--History
Wineries--California--Alexander Valley
Wineries--California--Santa Rosa
Wineries--California--Sonoma County

Genre and Format Terms

Admission tickets
Aerial photographs
Bottle labels (paper labels)
Business cards
Price lists
Archival materials

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Conditions Governing Access:

Access Information

This collection is fully processed. Please contact the Sonoma County Wine Library for physical access; for contact info and current hours, see

Conditions of Use

Collection does not circulate and may be photocopied or photographed by arrangement only.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the Sonoma County Library. The Sonoma County Library has made this collection available and believes that the majority of the collection is in the Public Domain under the laws of the United States, but a determination was not made as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. That portion of the Collection in Public Domain under the laws of the United States may not be in the Public Domain under the laws of other countries. For all other portions of the collection, the Sonoma County Library makes no assertions as to ownership of any original copyrights to digitized work and can claim only physical ownership of the work(s) described in these records. However, these materials are intended for Personal or Research use only. Any other kind of use, including, but not limited to commercial or scholarly publication in any medium or format, public exhibition, or use online or in a web site, may be subject to additional restrictions including but not limited to the copyrights held by parties other than the Library. USERS ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for determining the existence of such rights and for obtaining any permissions and/or paying associated fees necessary for the proposed use. Preferred credit line is: Courtesy, the Sonoma County Library. Please see additional reproduction and reuse information at

Preferred Citation

Sonoma County Visionaries, Immigrants and Winemakers. SPC.00086. Sonoma Wine Library, Healdsburg, California

Acquisition Information

Collected by Sonoma County Wine Library staff and others, 1988-2009.

Processing History

Processed by Sonoma County Wine Library staff before 2009.

Project Information

These photographs and other images were assembled primarily from the Sonoma County Library's Sonoma County Wine Library collection. The digitization project was part of the California Local History Digital Resources Project (LHDRP), a multi-year program supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. Leveraging the infrastructure of the California Digital Library (CDL) in partnership with Califa and Infopeople, the LHDRP explores a model to aggregate, preserve, and provide permanent public access to local history materials maintained by California cultural heritage institutions via a single statewide online access point.