Vineyard Planting at Root 66 Community Garden

Vine planting at Root 66 Garden

Gino Off the Vine – Foothills Reader for Feb 28, 2016

Located on Historic Route 66 near Victoria Gardens (Foothill Blvd at Day Creek Blvd, west of Sears Grand) in Rancho Cucamonga, R66CG is a 15 acre collaborative nonprofit community garden project founded in 2011 by Matreyek.

On a bright sunny morning earlier this month, I visited the Root 66 Community Garden and Vineyard (R66CG) where I found Dee Matreyek, Ph.D., Director, and local vintner Mario DiCarlo setting posts and planting grapevines with their families.

DiCarlo is proprietor of Aggazzotti – DiCarlo Vineyard Co., and is moving forward with his first large new planting (3,000 vines). He is dedicated to the grape. It’s part of his DNA. His family started growing grapes in the sandy, well-draining soils of Cucamonga in the early 1900’s. His grandfather from his mother’s side was Dr. Carlo Aggazzotti of Aggazzotti Winery and CMA Winery. His great-grandfather from his father’s family was Nicola DiCarlo of DiCarlo Winery and EtiVista Winery.

“I have been tending 20 acres of existing old vine ranches in the region for the past 4 years and selling the fruit,” said DiCarlo. “Old vine care and preservation is my passion, although they will soon be extinct in the area.  We are planting headtrained Zinfandel, Grenache, Mission and Palomino vines – all from cuttings originating in local vineyards with over 75 years of age.”

DiCarlo is growing for his two young boys, Renzo and Nicola. “This is an opportunity for them to learn methods and traditions to carry on the Cucamonga / Etiwanda legacy as 5th generation vintners. We will be donating a percentage of our sales to help support the Root 66 Garden,” said DiCarlo.

Dee Matreyek can be reached at or visit  Mario DiCarlo can be reached at

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