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Napa and Sonoma Sights

Nichelini Family Winery

  • 2950 Sage Canyon Rd./Hwy. 128 Map It
  • St. Helena
  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Updated 01/06/2015

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A scenic drive east of the Silverado Trail winds past Lake Hennessey to Nichelini, the Napa Valley's oldest continuously operated family-owned winery. Erected in the late 1800s by Anton Nichelini, an Italian-Swiss immigrant, the old winery buildings, still in use, cling to a steep embankment where the road skirts a cliff. The wines to taste—they're made by Anton's great-great-granddaughter Aimée Sunseri—are the Zinfandel, its Italian cousin the Primitivo, the Cabernet Sauvignon, the Petite Sirah, and the extra-crisp old-vine Muscadelle. The last grape often finds its way into white Bordeaux blends, but here it makes a single-varietal wine redolent of tropical fruit. The winery is open for drop-in tastings on Fridays and weekends, the rest of the week by easily made appointments.

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2950 Sage Canyon Rd./Hwy. 128, 8 miles east of Silverado Trail, St. Helena, California, 94574, United States

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  • Tastings $15–$20
  • Fri. and weekends 11–5, Mon.–Thurs. by appointment

Updated 01/06/2015


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