A third generation winegrower at the historic Cantu-Galleano Ranch in Mira Loma, Don Galleano has been actively involved in the Southern California water community for more than three decades. He is currently president of the Western Municipal Water District Board of Directors and is serving his third term representing Division 4. With a population of more than 175,000, Division 4 includes the cities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Norco and the communities of Mira Loma, Rubidoux and Glen Avon. He first joined the Board in 2004 after serving for nearly 25 years on the board of Jurupa Community Services District.
As a representative for Western’s interests in the greater watershed, Galleano also serves as chairman of the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, one of California’s leading regional water agencies whose mission is to plan and build facilities that protect the water quality in the watershed. Galleano is proud to work collaboratively with SAWPA’s member agencies, which include Eastern Municipal Water District, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, Inland Empire Utilities Agency and Orange County Water District, in addition to Western. Galleano’s leadership roles in the water industry also include a seat on the Chino Basin Watermaster board, which is charged with managing the Chino Basin groundwater basin, one of the largest in Southern California.
Consistent with Galleano’s well-established commitment to using water resources as efficiently as possible, the Galleano Winery is a dry farming, completely organic operation and has been since the vines were first planted nearly 100 years ago. Dry farming not only offers a higher quality product, but it yields significant crop security, even in times of uncertain water supply. Galleano is a leader in this effort in the state and on average saves upwards of 300 acre-feet or roughly 100 million gallons of water annually by eliminating irrigation. Founded in 1927 and proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Galleano Winery is not only a local treasure, but a working wine museum. Every year, hundreds of area college students visit for lectures and seminars on the unique integration between growing grapes, making wine, and then selling wine to consumers. Providing students with this level of access to the business is one of Galleano’s personal commitments, ensuring today’s viticulture students become the next generation of wine industry leaders.
A partner in the communities he serves, Don Galleano is past president of the Western Riverside County Businessman’s Association and the Jurupa Chamber of Commerce. He is currently serving on the National Orange Show Foundation Board in San Bernardino and is the chairman of the Pacific Rim Wine Competition.