Don Galleano passed away


Met him at the New World International Wine Competition (NWIWC), and he was a great wine judge and winemaker.

Don Galleano of Galleano Winery passed away end of May/beginning of June. He helped judge at many Wine Competitions in California.

Farmer Boys and its founding owners – the five Havadjias brothers – are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Farmer Boys close friend and fan Don Galleano.

Don was a third-generation winegrower of the family-owned Galleano Winery, located at the historic Cantu-Galleano Ranch in Mira Loma, CA. Galleano Winery is recognized as a Riverside County Historic Landmark and a State of California Point of Historic Interest, and the winery is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Galleano Winery truly is and will forever be an historic local treasure with a rich history in the Inland Empire.

Beyond his close friendship with the Farmer Boys brand, Don was also widely involved in many local and regional community organizations, including service as a board member of the Western Municipal Water District, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Chino Basin Watermaster, and Jurupa Community Services District. He was a past president of the Jurupa Chamber of Commerce, a former member of the Los Angeles County Fair Wine Competition Steering Committee, a member of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture, and he served as a wine judge in international wine competitions. Don was a true champion for the wine world at large and the Inland Empire region closer to home.

We will miss Don’s friendship and inspiration. As we at Farmer Boys are doing, we encourage you to raise a glass to Don’s memory. Rest in peace, Don.

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