Iemmallo Wine Cellars specializes in single vineyard varietal wines and blends that have balance with finesse and concentration of flavor. The winery is located in Ashland, Massachusetts.
David Jammalo is the winemaker and President of Iemmallo Wine Cellars. He has been producing wine since 2007, and commercially since 2020. David studied winemaking science and viticulture at the University of California, Davis - Extension School and earned a Certificate in Winemaking.
Our winery was established in 2020 as a Massachusetts Farm-Winery and is in the third year of production. The Iemmallo Wine Cellars brand is owned by Jammalo Craft Wines, Inc. and we currently produce less than 200 cases per year of hand-crafted wines from single vineyards. The winery is currently producing its inventory of portfolio wines, and as every wine lover knows, it can take 1 to 3 years to release a wine from the date of harvest. Our wines were first released in June of 2022 and we are now at full production capacity.
Our grape growing partners are viticulture experts who have a lifetime of knowledge and experience growing wine grapes in their specific regions. We source the best grapes possible from Massachusetts and across New England, the New York Finger Lakes, northern California and Washington State, and internationally from Chile and South Africa.
In addition to our grape grower partners, we manage a small educational vineyard which produces about 150 pounds of fruit, or 6 cases of wine from our estate. The Noiret grapes that we cultivate were developed at Cornell University's Grape Breeding Program and produce a fruity red wine that is best served slightly chilled and has a flavor profile reminiscent of Pinot Noir.
We grow our vineyard in an environment as natural as possible. We employ organic and integrated pest management practices (IPM) like leaf removal in the fruiting zone to improve air circulation, have no till soils, and utilize cover crops like white clover to help keep the vines naturally nourished and healthy. These practices reduce the need fungicide sprays.
We also encourage native and beneficial plants like goldenrod, milkweed, dandelions and Queen Anne's lace (wild carrot) to attract a myriad of pollinators. This attracts beneficial insects that help ward off pests. We never spray insecticide or use any chemical weed killers in order to protect birds, pollinators, and the overall ecosystem.
Our Family Name (and some family history)
The Iemmallo name (pronounced Yemmalo) is the surname of Agostino Iemmallo who emigrated from Calabria, Italy in 1892. He was an oxman or ox-driver (bovaro in Italian), and a farmer in his native country.
Living in extreme poverty, Agostino and his brother-in-law Michele Cirullo left from the Port of Naples and came to the United States to seek opportunity and to support his family of 5 children along with his wife, all of whom he had left behind in Italy. It is a common immigration story from those who left southern Italy because the region was so impoverished in his time and he came to the U.S. at a time of great promise and hope for a better life.
He immigrated through Ellis Island and settled in the City of North Adams, Massachusetts where he sent for his spouse and children to join him 7 years later, who later arrived in 1899. Agostino also had a brother Antonio born in 1860 who may have settled in Lancaster, PA. Once the family arrived in Massachusetts, they had three more sons, Vincenzo, Domenico and Salvatore, in addition to their older immigrant brother Giuseppe and sister Maria. After a few generations, coupled with the Italian child naming traditions, there were many Agostino Iemmallo's in the same city. The first born son, Giuseppe, made the first name change, who changed the first letter I to a J, and the rest of the decedents adopted various spellings in an attempt to be more unique.
Hence the names morphed into multiple versions like Jemmallo, Jammallo, Jamello, and Jammalo.
Contrary to popular belief, name changes did not occur at immigration, but after families have settled. The Iemmallo family settled in Western Massachusetts. Ellis Island ship manifests were mostly documented in the country of origin and not the United States, so the emigrant in this case would be speaking their native language at the port of Napoli before they disembarked. According to our oral family history, the name change was mainly intended to be less ethnic in hopes to assimilate into their new American society.
David Jammalo, the winemaker and son of Augustine Jammalo, is the grandson of Salvatore Jammallo and the great grandson of Agostino Iemmallo.