Matriarch Evelyn Trentadue of Trentadue Winery passed away, on Saturday, March 21, 2015.

When asked if I’d help the family to distribute the news, my thoughts ran back to the days when I worked closely with the winery, and what a sweet person Evelyn was. She was always so gracious, and loved entertaining. The wine business has lost a dear icon… a generous pioneer with the efforts of heritage varieties, like Petite Sirah and Zinfandel, from my own personal perspective.

I asked for more info, knowing that with her husband Leo’s passing, January 5, 2014, it’s understandable that Evelyn wouldn’t be far behind. A devoted wife and mother, Evelyn is going to be sorely missed by those of us whose lives she touched.

The follow was written about Trentadue’s Nonie ~ Evelyn Trentadue

by her family

Beloved mother, grandmother, and local winery owner Evelyn Trentadue passed away on Saturday morning, March 21, 2015, at the age of 84. Born and raised in San Francisco, at the age of seven, Evelyn and her family moved to Palo Alto. As a child, Evelyn lived for roller skating and summers spent on her grandparent’s farm in Dry Creek Valley.

On August 20, 1950, Evelyn Consani married Leo Trentadue. In Leo’s eyes Evelyn was a beautiful and traditional Italian girl with a talent for cracking jokes. Evelyn and Leo began their life together working on the family ranch in Sunnyvale. Evelyn was a city girl and always said that she’d never marry a rancher. Years later that city girl would fondly retell the story of “cutting ‘cots” (apricots) right up until the time she went into labor with her children. New beginnings in 1959 led Evelyn and Leo to Sonoma County, where they purchased a ranch in Geyserville. Through unwavering hard work and passion Evelyn and Leo built one of the very first wineries in the area (Trentadue Winery) in 1969. Evelyn was a hard worker and trail blazer. She was one of the first females to drive a truck in the area, delivering up to 12 tons of fruit in a single load to Asti. Evelyn later put her talents for cooking and entertaining to work in the kitchen at the Italian Swiss Colony. Evelyn Trentadue till her last day created and upheld a home filled with laughter, love, good wine, and delicious food. Her home was always open, and everyone who entered felt like family.

Evelyn’s life was enriched with many things that she loved, including hosting and entertaining, cooking, swimming, deep sea fishing, creating a warm home, planting flowers, decorating for the holidays, and spending time with her animals. Evelyn will be most fondly remembered for how she filled her home with love and her passion for her family and friends. For many, Evelyn was that one person who turned your life around, made you feel safe, special, and loved.

Evelyn is lovingly survived by her three children: Annette Trentadue, Victor Trentadue, and Lisa Trentadue Allen; six grandchildren: Nicole Biagi, Crystal Kovanda, Brittany Allen, Tiffany Allen, Steven Trentadue and Tyler Trentadue; and daughter-in-law Cindy Trentadue and son-in-law Gary Allen. Evelyn is preceded in death by her husband Leo Trentadue.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 27, 2015 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., at St. John’s Catholic Church, Healdsburg, with a Blessing at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Oakmound Cemetery, in Healdsburg.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Evelyn Trentadue to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Greater Bay Area Chapter-North Bay, 2455 Bennett Valley Road Suite

B204, Santa Rosa, CA 95405, (707) 544-4350. Or, online at

Arrangements by Fred Young F.H. Cloverdale, 707-894-2540.