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History of Asti and Italian Swiss Colony unveiled

Sunday, October 7th, 2012 | Posted by

Largest wine vat in the world, Asti, about 1900. The vat is still there, but today it contains water for fire protection instead of wine.  (Cloverdale Historical Society collection)


Jack Florence, local vineyard owner, chemical engineer and author of the book “Legacy of a Village,” will be the Cloverdale Historical Society’s special guest speaker this Tuesday, October 9 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209. N. Cloverdale Boulevard.

Learn about the history of the village of Asti and the Italian Swiss Colony Winery, once the world’s largest and most productive winery.

This program is being presented as part of the Historical Society’s ongoing Speaker Series. Suggested donation is $5 and can be paid at the door.

Then on Thursday, October 11, the Historical Society will host a guided tour of the 110 year old Sbarbaro Villa and grounds at Asti Winery, 26150 Asti Road, from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Villa was built in 1881 by Genoa-born Andrea Sbarbaro, who first established the Italian Swiss Colony as an agricultural cooperative to provide work for the local Italian immigrants.

Limited to 50 people, this tour will also include an insider’s look at the wine-making process at the historic winery.  Suggested donation is $3 and reservations are requested.

For more information about either of these events, visit the Cloverdale Historical Society’s website or call Joaquin at 894-5653.

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