The Italian splendor of Del Dotto's new 'Barn'

Sep 10, 2017 385

BY: Jess Lander

After eight long years and several setbacks on the official opening date, Piazza Del Dotto has finally opened to the public for tastings and food pairings — fittingly on the 20-year anniversary of the Del Dotto family’s wine journey. Proprietor Dave Del Dotto is calling the family’s third winery “the gateway property to Napa Valley,” as it’s the first winery visitors will see as they pass Yountville heading north, and Highway 29 goes from two lanes to one.

“It’s the first winery when you come off the highway, and you can go right off the highway, directly into the driveway,” he said. That driveway was built with a million-and-a-half red bricks, hand laid by Italian professionals. Though subtle, it’s the first sign of the thought, detail, time — and money — put into this project.

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