The Gallo family is an American wine family. The father, Joseph Gallo, Sr. grew grapes, and died in a murder suicide when he shot his wife and then took his own life. His two sons started E. & J. Gallo Winery, which today is the largest exporter of California wines. The winery was founded by brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo. A third brother, Joseph, was a rancher, cheese maker, and founder of Joseph Gallo Farms. Ernest Gallo (March 18, 1909 March 6, 2007) was the American co-founder of the E & J Gallo Winery. He was ranked 297th on the 2006 Forbes 400 list of billionaires. After the death of his parents, Ernest and brother Julio, along with their wives Amelia (-) and Aileen, raised their thirteen-year-old little brother Joseph. In 1986, the brothers sued Joseph for using the Gallo name on his cheese labels. The brothers won and their relationship with Joseph was forever strained.