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.
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.
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).
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.
"We don't want most of the business. We want it all.
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.
- Eric Pace (May 4, 1993). "Julio Gallo, 83, Wine Industrialist, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
- Family Secrets : Today, They Produce 25% Of The Wine Sold In This Country. But The Gallos' Climb To The Top Was Anything But Smooth. Their History Includes Allegations Of Bootlegging, Family Violence And A Bitter Fight Over Assets
- Henderson, Bruce, with Ernest and Julio Gallo. Ernest & Julio: Our Story. Times Books, 1994
- Ernest Gallo last retrieved March 6, 2007
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- John Holland, J.N. Sbranti, Tim Moran, and Garth Stapley. "Wine titan Ernest Gallo dead at 97." The Modesto Bee, March 7, 2007. http://www.modbee.com/local/story/13357713p-13980670c.html
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