Gallo family

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The Gallo family is an American wine family. The father, Giuseppe "Joseph" Gallo, Sr., immigrant from Fossano Italy, after a period of menial labor started farming grapes, founded a winery, and died in a murder suicide when he shot his wife and then took his own life.[1][2]

His two sons started E. & J. Gallo Winery, which today is the largest exporter of California wines. The winery was founded by brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo. A third brother, Joseph, was a rancher, cheese maker, and founder of Joseph Gallo Farms.


Main article: Julio Gallo

Julio Gallo (March 21, 1910 – May 2, 1993) is one of the founders of the E & J Gallo Winery, along with his brother Ernest Gallo. Julio Gallo was married to Aileen Gallo (1913–1999).[1]


Main article: Ernest Gallo

Ernest Gallo (March 18, 1909 – March 6, 2007) was the American co-founder of the E & J Gallo Winery. He was ranked 297th on the 2006 Forbes 400 list of billionaires.

After the death of his parents, Ernest and brother Julio, along with their wives Amelia (1910–1993) and Aileen, raised their thirteen-year-old little brother Joseph. In 1986, the brothers sued Joseph for using the Gallo name on his cheese labels. The brothers won and their relationship with Joseph was forever strained.

Ernest Gallo was married for sixty-two years to Amelia Franzia Gallo until she died on December 22, 1993. The couple had two sons: David, who died in 1997, and Joseph. His younger brother, Joseph Gallo, died on February 17, 2007 at age eighty-seven. Weeks later, on March 6, 2007, Ernest Gallo died at his home in Modesto, California, twelve days shy of his 98th birthday.

Gallo was profiled by PBS's Frontline: So you want to buy a president? series.[3] He is also known to have said, regarding the wine industry:

"We don't want most of the business. We want it all.[4]


Main article: Joseph Edward Gallo

Joseph Edward Gallo (September 11, 1919 – February 17, 2007) was a prominent California rancher. He founded one of the largest family-owned dairy operations in the world, Joseph Gallo Farms, which produces dairy products including a variety of cheeses. The company is now run by his son, CEO Michael Gallo. He was the younger brother of Ernest and Julio, founders of E & J Gallo Winery. Joseph was sued by his brothers and forced to stop using the Gallo name on his cheese, thereafter labeled Joseph Farms.


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