Napa and Sonoma Sights

Martinelli Winery

  • 3360 River Rd. Map It
  • Windsor
  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/24/2015

Fodor's Review

In a century-old hop barn with the telltale triple towers, Martinelli has the feel of a traditional country store, but the sophisticated wines made here are anything but old-fashioned. The winery's reputation rests on its complex Pinot Noirs, Syrahs, and Zinfandels, including the $125-a-bottle Jackass Hill Vineyard Zin, made with grapes from 130-year-old vines. You can sip these acclaimed wines—going back a decade or more—during a private Library Tasting ($50). A standard tasting ($10) focuses on current releases, a Chardonnay, three reds, and a Muscat that tastes like honeysuckle. Winemaker Helen Turley set the Martinelli style—fruit forward, easy on the oak, reined-in tannins—in the 1990s. The current winemaker Bryan Kvamme, a Turley protégé, continues the tradition.

Sight Information


3360 River Rd., east of Olivet Rd., Windsor, California, 95492, United States

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707-525–0570; 800-346–1627

Sight Details:

  • Tastings $10–$50
  • Daily 10–5; library tasting and wine-cheese pairing by appointment only with 48-hr notice

Published 07/24/2015


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