Our story begins with General Marian Guadalupe Vallejo. As a California military commander, politician, rancher and founding father of Sonoma, he helped shaped the transition of Alta California from a territory of Mexico to the U.S. state of California. He was an influential member of the first session of the State Senate in 1850.
During the 1850’s and 1860’s, General Vallejo became a leader of California’s fledgling wine industry. He established vineyards and became one of the first commercial wine makers of the region.
In 1852, General Vallejo moved his wife and their 10 children to a newly built home at the foot hills half-a-mile west and north of Sonoma’s central plaza. The land surrounded a fine, free-flowing spring that the Native Americans called Chiucuyem (Crying Mountain). He retained that name for his new estate but translated it into Latin, Lachryma Montis (Mountain Tear). He and his wife lived at the estate for more than 35 years.
On June 1st, 1863, with their father’s blessing, Natalia Vallejo and Jovita Vallejo married brothers, Atilla Haraszthy and Arpad Haraszthy in the double wedding of the century in Sonoma!
Atilla and Arpad were sons of Agoston Haraszthy, a Hungarian-American traveler, writer and pioneer winemaker in Wisconsin and California. Often referred to as the “Father of California Viticulture”, he founded Buena Vista Winery in 1857.
This 1864 Victorian home was built for Natalia and Atilla as a wedding gift. They lived happily on the property and raised their four children there.
The Scheiblich family purchased the home in the 1940s and maintained it as a single-family residence and affectionately called it “Big Pink” due to the exterior color of the home at that time.
The 21st century found a new purpose for the historic venue when it was converted into the popular Estate Restaurant. In 2009, the owners of Ramekins Culinary School acquired the property and developed this Sonoma landmark into “The General’s Daughter” – a truly unique event and wedding venue!