Albert J. Bellani, a practical and very successful grape grower and vineyardist, who has been connected in increasing degrees of responsibility with the industry since he was a lad of ten years, is at this writing local manager of the well known Cordova Vineyards Nos. 1, 2 and 3, located in the American River district in Sacramento county, and comprising all told four hundred acres devoted to the culture of wine grapes. These vineyards are controlled by the California Winery at Sacramento, which manufactures the celebrated Cordova brands of wines. Mr. Bellani, who came to Sacramento county in 1900, has been local manager of the Cordova Vineyards since 1901.

Mr. Bellani is a native of Napa county, California, born January 1, 1872, a son of Joseph and Sarah (Bruner) Bellani, both parents natives of Switzerland and now deceased, having lived many years in Napa county at St. Helena, where they died. The town of St. Helena was the scene of Mr. Bellani's rearing and early educational experiences. He was not more than ten years old when he began his connection, first in one capacity and then in another, with the grape-culture industry, and throughout the twenty odd years since has been known chiefly for what he has accomplished as an expert vineyardist. He was among the first on the Pacific coast to experiment with bench grafting on the celebrated St. George Resistance vine, and the subsequent development and improvement of this vine has made it a standard variety among wine-grape growers of this state. Both practical nd scientific study of viticulture has placed Mr. Bellani in a position to be of great service to the vineyard interests of the coast and at the same time has opened for himself a career of broad personal success. Before coming to Sacramento county he had been identified with the grape industry in his native county for many years.

Mr. Bellani is independent as to politics, affiliates with St. Helena Parlor No. 53, N. S. G. W., and as a man of self-attainment wields important influence in his community.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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