Gallo labels
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Gallo labels
With annual sales of $3.5 billion — about 70 million cases of wine — Gallo is the nation’s largest winemaker. The Modesto company owns 60 wine labels. (Dave Getzschman / For The Times)
Gallo history
Brothers Ernest, left, and Julio Gallo sample their product at the Modesto winery in 1954. The brothers founded the company in 1933, when Prohibition ended. (E. & J. Gallo Winery)
Gallo brothers
Gallo founders Ernest and Julio Gallo in the tasting room in Modesto circa 1965. They claimed to have learned winemaking from library books, but their first exposure to the business probably was at their maternal grandfather’s winery in Hanford, Calif. (E. & J. Gallo Winery)
Gallo glass factory
Gallo employee Omar Ruiz displays a freshly formed bottle at the company’s glass plant, the largest glass factory in the western U.S. The vintner plans an expansion that will boost the plant’s capacity to 1 billion bottles a year. (Dave Getzschman / For The Times)
Bottle making
Bottles move along a belt at the Gallo glass plant in Modesto. The company controls virtually the entire process of creating a bottle of wine, from the fermenting of the grape juice to the making of the cork that closes the bottle. (Dave Getzschman / For The Times)