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Wine Highlight: Levendi Winery

July 14, 2014

Wine Highlight: Levendi Winery

Levendi is a family owned, boutique winery located in Napa Valley, California. The Gianulias family has a strong Greek tradition of private winemaking dating back for centuries. Since 1926, on American and Napa Valley soil, they have propagated, refined and developed handcrafted vintages to share with family and friends. The Greek toast “Levendi” acknowledges a hard day’s labor and achievement. Essentially, it’s a toast “to celebrate life”.

The Levendi Awarding Winning Portfolio we will be launching:

·        Sweeney Ranch Chardonnay 2010

93 points and Editor’s Choice - Wine Enthusiast Magazine

·        Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

94 points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine

·        Sweetwater Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

92 points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine      

·        Symphonia Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

94 points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine



David Gianulias believes in the value of fine craftsmanship. That's why Levendi's smaller production lends to such large results. From start to finish, extreme care is taken each step of the way, with no detail left to chance.

Though raised with winemaking in his blood, David originally followed a different path than his father, James, and embarked on a career in the entertainment industry after graduating from UC Santa Barbara. Using the entrepreneurial skills he gained from forming his own artist promotion and management firm, David became principal of the family's real estate company, founded in 1949. David oversees major property developments that include many award-winning communities across Southern California. He returned to his roots in wine and joined his father to launch Levendi, where he, with Todd Rustman, oversees the day-to-day operations of the winery.


Todd Rustman cares about his customers—as much as he cares about his wine! So building special customer relationships begins with making sure that each bottle enjoyed shows a consistency that can be depended on time and time again.

A life-long family friend, Todd teamed with James and David Gianulias to found Levendi. In addition to his career as co-founder of GR Capital Asset Management, a Newport Beach-based financial management firm, Todd assists in overseeing the organization's business operations as well as manages its long-term financial health. A graduate of Pepperdine University, Todd has traveled across the globe to hone his skills in the financial world and credits his many successes to his work ethic and passion for making every moment count.


Keeping alive the family traditions is important to founder James Gianulias. And the best way to accomplish this is by building a legacy through Levendi. 

A member of the world-renown Napa Valley's vintner's community for more than 30 years, James' career in wine is a result of his vast appreciation for fine varietals and his Greek roots in making wine for family. The entrepreneurial UC Berkeley graduate originally began his business career in property development and, over the past four decades, has created thousands of new homes and planned communities throughout California, Texas, Oregon and New York. After setting his sights on developing a family-owned winery in Napa Valley, Jim joined forces with his son, David, and family friend, Todd Rustman, to establish Levendi.

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