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An immigrant family's story


An immigrant family's story.

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An immigrant family's story


An immigrant family's story.

Raúl was born in the farming village of Dolores Cuadrilla de Enmedio in Querétaro, one of the most beautiful old states in central Mexico.

His father, Serafin Ramirez, immigrated to California when Raul was a small boy. His father’s journey is now a part of America's rich immigration history. Serafin took advantage of the World War II bracero program designed to ameliorate the severe wartime labor shortage. He worked hard, and over time earned citizenship for himself end his entire family.

One of Raúl's favorite stories took place during the years his Serafin was away working in California, when Raúl was at home with his grandfather, one day walking along the road.

Raúl tells it, “He would point out the many beans dropped on the roadside thanks to the farmers transporting their crops to market. He would pick up the beans and show me their tears, explaining that the beans were weeping due to being left behind. He would gather them into a satchel he carried over his shoulder. This bean gathering became a game between us. Almost without fail, when we arrived home there were enough beans for a large pot of bean soup to feed the family.

"My grandfather had a lifelong rule to never leave the home and return with his hands empty. He never broke this rule… you never knew what he’d return with... it could be a cactus fruit, the roadside beans, corn, even green tree branches that he’d collect and dry year round ensuring enough firewood for the cold season. It was this strong work ethic along with old world wisdom of my grandfather that gave me the drive I have to this day.”

To honor the influence Raul’s grandfather had on his young life, the Gran Reserva line — Don Porfirio — is named after after him.  

Raúl's interest in wine, and in horses, comes from his home state of Querétaro, one of the areas of Mexico with a long history of Spanish influence, including winemaking.

During their 16th century New World conquest, the Spaniards settled in what they called New Spain and planted vineyards. Today, Ramirez Bodegas y Viñedos is the only winery project in Temecula devoted almost exclusively to Spanish varietals. The only non-Spanish grape is the small block of gorgeous old-vine Chardonnay planted before he purchased the land. And it's about more than the Spanish grapes — Raúl's Spanish Andalusian horses, among the most beautiful in the world, are as integral to El Rancho as the wine itself.

Raúl's work ethic and pride in building a successful private business with many employees is reflected in a winery program in which no expense has been spared to produce the highest quality.  We hope you enjoy the fruits of his and his family's labor, and their pathway to the American dream.

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Mexico to USA


Mexico to USA