- James M. Smallwood
Gallo, Julio (21 March 1910–02 May 1993), vintner and wine industrialist, was born in Oakland, California, the son of Joseph “Giuseppe” Gallo, Sr., a tavern owner and winemaker from the Piedmont region of northern Italy, a noted wine-producing area, and Assunta Bianco. Gallo spent most of his teenage years on his father’s vineyards near Modesto, California, graduating from Modesto High School in 1929. Before, during, and after school, he worked for his father, as did his older brother Ernest and his younger brother Joseph. Giuseppe began his winemaking career during Prohibition because a legislative “loophole” allowed home winemakers to produce 200 gallons per year for home consumption. After the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, Giuseppe Gallo increased the family’s production, founded the Gallo Wine Company, and soon became a major supplier of grapes for the national markets....