Our Winemaker: Cody LaPertche


Cody LaPertche, Winemaker for Gianelli Vineyards is a native of Jamestown, CA and graduated from Sonora High School and Columbia College. LaPertche has been with Gianelli Vineyards since February 2011, working in the vineyard and cellar while apprenticing under Chuck Hovey. He works with a passion and has taken our reins in his able hands.

“I have always loved the area and am grateful that I found Gianelli Vineyards and didn’t have to move away for a career. It really fell into my lap, and I couldn’t be happier! I had trained with Chuck for 4 years in the cellar and he taught me how to be true to the varietal. I looked to Chuck as a father figure. He showed me how to do everything from the ground up and why it needed to be done. Hovey taught me the difference between wine making that wins awards and wine making that sells. I have found a happy medium working with smaller lots, allowing the blending options to develop our stylistic wine making.”