When I first met Clementina Biale, I was so drawn to her love of life and natural charm. She had great stories to tell, right from the very beginning. We met in Salsalito, California, for a special tasting of Robert Biale wines. We talked about our lives, her family and mine, like we were long-time girl friends just catching up. It was very sweet to finally meet the matriarch of the Biale family.

Clementina Biale was the matriarch of the Biale family. On April 5, 2017, surrounded by her family, Clementina peacefully passed away in her home and beloved vineyards, in Napa. We’ll miss you, dear one.

In 1953, Clementina, who was born Clementina Calvi, emigrated from Prunetto, Italy. She came to Napa, following her marriage to Aldo Biale, of Biale Vineyards. She raised four children with Aldo, and she became instrumental in operating the family farm in Napa. This ranch became famous for producing walnuts, prunes, produce, chickens, eggs, and acres of Zinfandel – much of which is now old vines that were planted in 1937. The family vineyard, which lies within the Oak Knoll District of Napa, is the oldest vineyard in the district, and remains an icon of early Napa Valley grape growing.

Dave Pramuk, partner and marketing guru, shared her story with me last evening. The rest is from his press release. We’ve lost a true treasure.

Aldo predeceased Clementina Biale, in 2009

Thanks to her constant devotion and support, Clementina helped Aldo, her son Robert, and their partners, to realize a dream of founding a winery dedicated to Zinfandel, in 1991. Today, the Robert Biale Vineyards winery is now renowned for producing some of California’s finest examples of heritage vineyard Zinfandel.

Clementina and Aldo took great joy in sharing their artisan wines. They both appreciated telling their old stories with friends and the winery’s legion of devoted customers; all of whom they treated as extended family. In retirement, Clementina spent Sunday afternoons greeting customers at the Napa winery, and thoroughly enjoyed restocking the supply of her custom-designed and hand-sewn aprons and totes.

The rosary will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017; 7:00 p.m., at Claffey and Rota Funeral Home, in Napa. A devotional Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Tuesday, April 11; 10:00 a.m., at St. Apollinaris Catholic Church in Napa.

For more information contact:
Dave Pramuk, dave@biale.com