As a family, we had lived in Italy for almost a year. We experienced firsthand the simple joys of breads, cheeses, and meats in the late afternoon sun, sharing a glass of wine with friends and family. We strived to bring that joy to Kentucky in a winery.
As a second and third generation Italian family, we also had a similar tradition to draw on from New York City in the thirties and forties. It was our memory of Grandfather Proto making wine in the basement of his Brooklyn home that inspired us to not only to make wine as he did, but to grow the grapes for our wines. Wine is a simple pleasure that brings family together over a shared meal. Grandfather Proto's wine did just that as his wine brought praise from his family and friends. Grandfather Proto took pride in naming his wine Ca' Proto: meaning, from the house of Proto.
The original Grimes Mill farm was a tobacco farm. After the tobacco industry’s sales decreased in Kentucky, we harkened to our Italian heritage and experiences. We began raising grapes, in hopes we would one day have a winery to bring the joys of our experiences while living in Italy. When our family was discussing the opening of a winery, our sons chose to preserve the old tobacco barn creating the home for Grimes Mill Winery! Imagine in the late summer the tobacco drying in the barn, giving off its warm sweet aroma. Now, a similar sweet aroma emanates from the barn as the wines ferment and transform from crushed grapes to velvety reds and pleasing white wines.
In following Grandfather Proto's tradition, with honor, we have chosen to call our wines Ca' DeSimone.