March 11, 2021

In Memoriam: Revered Coachella Valley Farmer, Robert “Bobby” Bianco

Robert “Bobby” Bianco, co-owner of Anthony Vineyards and a longtime member of Western Growers, passed away unexpectedly over the weekend at age 78. Bianco, recognized as one of the Coachella Valley’s most esteemed grape growers, was a driving force in the community. He was a staunch supporter of various youth and religious organizations, and through Anthony Vineyards, he employed thousands of Valley residents over the past 50 years.

Bianco is also credited as the first grower in the United States to commercially grow red flame seedless grapes, which later became the number one grape variety produced in the world. Bianco’s legacy will be continued by his son, Anthony Bianco; daughter, Francesca Gist; and six grandchildren.

According to an NBC News obituary, Bianco’s life will be remembered Saturday, March 20, 2021, at 10am at Sacred Heart Church. For more information about Robert Bianco’s service, click here.

Western Growers wishes to extend its deepest sympathy to the Bianco family during this difficult time.