Block party celebrates Gemello neighborhood, legendary winery

By November 7, 2023November 22nd, 2023In The News

Special to the Town Crier/Los Altos Town Crier

Before Google and other high-tech companies became symbols of the area, the Gemello ranch and winery stood as the heart of the orchard-filled community of Mountain View from the 1930s to the 1980s.

The Los Altos History Museum is scheduled to explore the history of what is now known as the Gemello neighborhood at a block party 5:30-7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Italian immigrant and winemaker John Gemello’s dream to establish his own winery in the U.S. was challenged by Prohibition, but with his son Mario’s help, the family persevered.

At the block party, the account of their journey, cont.

Mario and father John Gemello share a bottle of wine in 1980. Today, a neighborhood in Mountain View bears their name.