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Martinelli Winery

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

Published 07/06/2016

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 Jackass Hill Vineyard Zin, made with grapes from 130-year-old vines. Noted winemaker Helen Turley set the Martinelli style—fruit-forward, easy on the oak, reined-in tannins—in the 1990s, and her successor, Bryan Kvamme, continues this approach. You can sample current releases at a Classic Tasting, but a better choice (which also doesn't require a reservation) is the Terroir Tasting, which focuses on how soil and other vineyard characteristics influence wines. Rarer and top-rated vintages are poured at appointment-only sessions.

Sight Information


3360 River Rd., east of Olivet Rd., Windsor, California, 95492, USA

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707-525–0570; 800-346–1627

Sight Details:

  • Tastings $12–$75

Published 07/06/2016


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