Monthly Archives: October 2012

The tenacious vines of Jackass Hill

Two teenagers eloped to California from Italy in the late 1800s. Guiseppe Martinelli had a dream of making wine, and  once he and his young bride Luisa arrived in the Russian River area he began scouting for the place he would eventually plant his first vines, on a few acres cleared from the forest. Today, his descendents are still farming, and growing grapes (as well as some apples). In this episode of the Story Shed, we will hear from Lee and Carolyn Martinelli, in conversation with two of their four children. Listen here for stories of  how grape vines took the place of apples–as well as tales of smuggling illegal fruit in the dead of night, and how one of their premier wines came to be called Jackass Hill.

Listen to the program by clicking the arrow below, or download the mp3 here.