Frank Indelicato - one of three sons that helped expand family patriarch Gaspare’s winery into a world-class label - passed away Sunday at age 87.
The lifetime Manteca resident was co-owner of Delicato Family Vineyards with his brother Vincent and late brother Anthony who passed away in 2003.
Gaspare, who immigrated to America in 1912 from Italy, planted his first grapes in 1924 at his home where the Delicato Vineyards winery now stands just southwest of the French Camp Road and Highway 99 interchange.
Frank Indelicato was part of the second generation that saw the transformation of the family business into a concern that made custom wines for other California vintners. Delicato’s success at the custom wine venture was so great that they earned the nickname “The Winemakers Winemaker” due to the quality of wines produced.
Delicato today employs 350 year-round people in Manteca plus another 350 seasonal workers.
Frank Indelicato was a 1943 Manteca High graduate. He also holds a degree from the University of California at Berkeley and served in the National Guard.
A rosary and mass for Frank Indelicato is Friday, July 21, at 1 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 525 E. North St.