Brothers Lino and Anthony are true sons of the land, growing up farming in Northern California, and now making a living working on Central Coast vineyards. Using legendary sources, they produce wines that respect the Old World but showcase the place they call home.
Together Lino and Anthony created Folkway Wine Co., a family boutique winery located in Central Coast that focuses on Bordeaux red and white varietals.
Anthony received a Bachelor’s of Science in Agricultural Business and a Minor in Viticulture at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. After graduating, he did everything from sorting grapes and bottling wine to organizing winemaker dinners and events in order to learn all that he could about the wine industry.
He spent the 2003 grape harvest in Tuscany, as an intern at the Frescobaldi Family’s “Castello di Nipozzano,” working at a modern winery facility built into a 11th Century castle, and enjoying everything that is the Italian wine culture. After returning to California in January 2004, he joined the Pebble Beach Company, purchasing wine for the Pebble Beach Market, and performing sommelier duties after passing the Level One Exam of the Guild of Sommeliers. It was at Pebble Beach that Anthony truly learned about wines from all over our planet.
Lino Bozzano took a viticulture position at Bien Nacido Vineyard, home to some of the most revered fruit and most respected winemakers in the world after graduating from Cal Poly with a degree in Crop Science in 1996. Lino gained a pragmatist’s understanding of what it means to be a “wine-grower” after having the opportunity to observe the effects that his vineyard practice, the soil, and the climate had on finished wines.
He later went on to manage vineyards for the David Bruce Winery, witnessing drastically different growing conditions at 2,200 feet in the Santa Cruz Mountain appellation. But in 2004, Lino returned to the Central Coast to take the position of Vice President of Vineyard Operations for Laetitia, and has been a vital member of the team ever since. His knowledge of the 620 acres under vines extends to nuances in soil type, topography and micro-climate of any given vineyard row, not to mention the seven grape varieties – including ten clones of Pinot Noir – grown on the estate.
Lino is a graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership Program; a member of both the American Society of Enology and Viticulture and the Central Coast Vineyard Team; and serves on the board of directors for the Central Coast Wine Growers Association.