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About Nichelini Family Winery

Nichelini Family Winery is proud to be one of the pioneers of Napa Valley’s modern wine industry. We are the oldest, continuously operated, family owned winery in Napa Valley. Come taste the difference 125 years make.

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Our tasting room is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am until 5pm. During the warm months we taste outside on the patio of our historic winery. You are welcome to picnic, play bocce and enjoy the surrounding natural beauty of our ranch. Monday through Thursday, we offer a private tasting that includes a tour of our historic winery and barrel cellar. After the tasting and tour, you are welcome to enjoy our lovely property.

Nichelini Family Winery is proud to be one of the pioneers of Napa Valley’s modern wine industry. In 1884, travelling on horseback, homesteaders Anton and Caterina Nichelini became the first Swiss settlers in Napa County’s Chiles Valley. They quickly set about planting vines and olive trees, and by 1895 had constructed a hand-hewn stone winery with a seven-bedroom house above it. This would provide a home for the Nichelinis and their eventual 12 children.

The winery, original Roman wine press and house still stand today and have remained in our family’s hands for more than 125 years, making us the oldest family owned winery in Napa County. Our motto is “Generation to Generation”, and to date five generations of Nichelinis have passed on their winemaking knowledge as well as their traditions of hard work and careful craftsmanship. We strive to produce truly world-class, American wines that exhibit finesse, simplicity, and individuality. Taste the difference 125 years make.

features Notable Features
  • Architectural Appeal
  • Bocce Ball
  • Boutique Winery
  • Family Friendly
  • Family Owned
  • Ghost Winery
  • Hand-crafted
  • Historic Building
  • Intimate Setting or Venue
  • Limited Production
  • Pet Friendly
  • Picnic Area
  • Scenic View
  • Special Events
tours and tastings Tours & Tastings
  • Cellar Tours
  • Complimentary with Purchase
  • Napa Neighbor Participant
  • Patio Tasting
  • Private Tastings
  • Public Tasting Room
  • Reservations Recommended
  • Reserve Tasting
  • Wine Club
  • Wine Tasting
varietals Varietals Offered
  • Bordeaux Blend
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Dessert Wine
  • Merlot
  • Petite Sirah
  • Primitivo
  • Rosé
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Semillon
  • Sparkling Wine
  • Zinfandel
Average Score from CellarPass Visitors6 Star Average Rating
Overall Score 5 Star Overall Rating 5/5
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Laura L. Member Since 6/18/2013
Private Tasting & Tour on 3/16/17 10:30 AM

I loved most that Nichelini is away from the valley and tour buses. The drive was spectacular, the family history was amazing, the wine was good and reasonably priced, our host was informative...only regret is, living in Indiana, I cannot visit "my club" more often!

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Maggie N. Member Since 2/11/2017
Private Tasting & Tour on 2/14/17 10:30 AM

Love the hospitality, and beautiful grounds. This winery has been passed down through 5 generations, you can feel the love. Super friendly and very knowledgeable about the wines and their history. Definitely worth the drive, this is a little off the beaten path for most, but it's a welcome change to spend time away from heavy tourist crowds and run into some locals.

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Donald S. Member Since 8/8/2013
Current Release Tasting on 12/03/16 4:00 PM

I was disappointed - went there because of their whites and they refused to offer more than 2.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
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Garrett M. Member Since 10/25/2016
Private Tasting & Tour on 12/05/16 10:30 AM

It was as described. "Best kept secret" type experience.

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Wynette V. Member Since 3/13/2016
Current Release Tasting on 10/22/16 4:00 PM

The grounds are rustic and beautiful. There is plenty of room to enjoy a picnic while you sip some wine. (I wish we had known this when planning our day!) The people are so welcoming and the 4th and 5th generation of the Nichelini family are still there. The wine was lovely and the experience was even better. I would highly recommend a stop here.

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Scott M. Member Since 10/5/2013
Current Release Tasting on 10/22/16 3:00 PM

Couldn't have been better. Idyllic setting in the hills. Baci court below. Fantastic wines served AT THE RIGHT TEMPERATURE!! Wine prices extremely reasonable too. Doug's wife on the accordion could not have been more charming or pleasant. We visited 12 wineries and this was our favorite hands down. Don't miss this one!

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Elena S. Member Since 8/25/2016
Current Release Tasting on 9/04/16 3:30 PM

Wonderful atmosphere, very unique, quaint and special, with delicious wines, warm people and lovely hospitality. Will be back!

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Kay V. Member Since 8/11/2016
Private Tasting & Tour on 8/18/16 12:00 PM

Private tasting appointment with my girlfriend who had not been there before. We had a wonderful time - Awesome!!!

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Jill H. Member Since 8/6/2016
Current Release Tasting on 8/06/16 4:00 PM

Several positives: very friendly family winery, lots of history in the house/tasting room, and the people there are personally invested in their wines. Plus the wines are quite good, and, some, distinctive from their valley counterparts. For our trip, this was an unexpected pleasure and treasure. We will be back here the next time we are in the Napa valley area.

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Brian K. Member Since 4/1/2014
Current Release Tasting on 7/15/16 4:00 PM

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Mike D. Member Since 4/26/2016
Private Tasting & Tour on 5/16/16 10:30 AM

Absolutely the best overall winery experience we had during our week in Napa/Sonoma. We loved the wines, the charm of the winery and property, the warm and gracious hospitality, as well as the history of the family and property. Off the beaten path and so worth it!!

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SUSAN K. Member Since 3/28/2012
Current Release Tasting on 5/07/16 11:00 AM

Doug was great explaining the wines and we totally loved the family history of Nichellini. It was a step back in time, and loved that the tasting room is the original Nichellini house. Was refreshing change from the modern, fancy tasting rooms. We recommended it to a few younger pourer at other wineries, as a must do to add to their knowledge of the Napa area.

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Randee S. Member Since 3/31/2016
Current Release Tasting on 4/22/16 2:00 PM

we loved the family aspect of the winery and the 5th generation members. wines were excellent too. we will be back!

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Cathy Y. Member Since 3/12/2016
Private Tasting & Tour on 3/17/16 3:00 PM

We almost missed the winery because a tree had fallen and there was a lot going on right in front of the winery. We were early, but we were treated very graciously and given the tour and tasting about 45 minutes early. The wines were delicious and really enjoyed learning the history of Nichelini Family Winery from a descendant! I will definitely go back!

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Benedikt B. Member Since 1/30/2014
Private Tasting & Tour on 3/30/16 3:00 PM

Amazing. We loved every moment of the tour of this small family vineyard. Can only recommend!

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Jodi B. Member Since 1/23/2016
Current Release Tasting on 1/24/16 11:00 AM

Nichelini is my favorite winery in Napa because it reminds me of all the great things about America. The people, the wine, the place and the feelings it invokes make me happy and feel content and at peace with the world!

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Joan D. Member Since 1/5/2016
Private Tasting & Tour on 1/07/16 12:00 PM

The winery is in an old family house, a long drive up a winding road. Not easy to get to, but I loved that it was tucked away out of the bustle of the Hwy 29 wineries. We were the only guests there, and got an in-depth history of the family and the winemaking from a 4th-generation member of the Nichelinis. The wine was delicious and the conversation was good. We ordered 6 bottles!

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Kirsten S. Member Since 10/21/2015
Private Tasting & Tour on 10/22/15 3:00 PM

It was very fun experience & great wine! We became members!!

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Barbara L. Member Since 9/23/2015
Private Tasting & Tour on 10/14/15 10:30 AM

A very pleasant and informative visit!

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Theresa M. Member Since 9/22/2015
Private Tasting & Tour on 9/23/15 1:30 PM

We loved the tour. The young gentleman was very knowledgeable about the family history and processing.

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Steve C. Member Since 7/29/2015
Private Tasting & Tour on 8/31/15 1:30 PM

My wife and I had a great experience at the Nichelini Winery. Edward was very helpful and entertaining and we found a few new favorite wines. We enjoyed hearing about the history of the winery and the fact that it was still in the family.

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hassan P. Member Since 8/16/2015
Current Release Tasting on 8/16/15 12:00 PM

It was perfect. Good wines, Good environment, nice people, I really enjoyed it.

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Ray L. Member Since 7/12/2015
Private Tasting & Tour on 7/23/15 3:00 PM

Nichellini is our favorite winery in Napa!

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Maggie F. Member Since 4/16/2015
Private Tasting & Tour on 5/18/15 12:00 PM

It was lovely! Very personable and we loved playing bochi ball out back!!!

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Steven R. Member Since 4/21/2014
Current Release Tasting on 4/17/15 2:30 PM

Have been visiting for the past few years. Very friendly staff. Wine good but not great...however, very good for the price.

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Kurt V. Member Since 3/28/2015
Current Release Tasting on 3/28/15 1:30 PM

Great location and people, we had visitors from out of sate that don't like wine but you converted them.

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Kenneth R. Member Since 2/11/2015
Private Tasting & Tour on 3/26/15 3:00 PM

Awesome tour and tasting. Their reserve Zin is amazing. Great off the beaten path location.

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Casey S. Member Since 3/12/2015
Current Release Tasting on 3/20/15 1:00 PM

We had a wonderful tasting experience here. They easily accommodated our group of 13. Edward led our group's tasting and did an excellent job describing each wine and answering all of our (many) questions! Many of us even bought bottles to ship back home!

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DAVID W. Member Since 3/23/2014
Private Tasting & Tour on 12/31/14 1:30 PM

Great casual tasting experience at this long-time family-oriented winery on Sag Canyon Rd. Wines are good and reasonably priced. Must try her merlot !

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Michael C. Member Since 12/24/2014
Private Tasting & Tour on 12/31/14 12:00 PM

Doug Patterson was an awesome host and the wines were excellent. The complete story of the Nichelini winery is one not to be missed.

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Colleen C. Member Since 9/13/2014
Current Release Tasting on 10/17/14 3:00 PM

My group and I concur that this was by far the best winery tour of the weekend. Morgan was a wonderfully knowledgeable hostess and guided us through a winery steeped in history and tradition. We absolutely loved the wines and will definitely be back!

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Emily M. Member Since 9/24/2014
Current Release Tasting on 10/04/14 11:30 AM

The whole family, 4th generation, welcomed visitors. As always the Zin is the best. The winery appears to be discovered. Years ago, we would be the only visitor. It is now a bustling operation.

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Gene K. Member Since 8/26/2014
Current Release Tasting on 9/05/14 2:00 PM

Beautiful tasting area, picturesque and most importantly, excellent wines. Well worth the drive.

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Herbert B. Member Since 8/10/2014
Current Release Tasting on 8/23/14 4:00 PM

Our first stop on the way into Napa from Sacramento. Very enjoyable afternoon as we wandered into the middle of a wine club event and were welcomed with enthusiasm.

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Tim K. Member Since 7/25/2014
Current Release Tasting on 7/25/14 11:00 AM

Very intimate, friendly, and welcoming. Being on a family owned AND operated vineyard and winery, tasting with members of that family, was the best experience we had in and around Napa Valley. No parking for buses and large groups...which was wonderful. By far, this was the most intimate winery we visited, and best wines we tasted in our week of Napa.

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Richard and Jane R. Member Since 4/29/2014
Current Release Tasting on 5/04/14 11:30 AM

This was our second visit to Nichelini. It's a bit off the main road, but the location just adds to the charm. We enjoyed the wines, then purchased one to have with our picnic lunch that we brought. Picnic tables in the back, and a chance to play bocce. Very serene and a high point of our trip to the Valley.

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John W. Member Since 6/17/2014
Private Tasting & Tour on 7/01/14 1:30 PM

A great family winery. Excellent wine, great history. If you're looking for a great small winery experience away from the tourists, this is the place.

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Catherine & Jay B. Member Since 3/9/2014
Current Release Tasting on 3/09/14 12:00 PM

Great family atmosphere, personable and great whine

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Stanley K. Member Since 2/23/2014
Current Release Tasting on 2/23/14 3:00 PM

There was a lot going on because of a release party, but the family was great and made us feel right at home.

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Kathy W. Member Since 4/11/2014
Current Release Tasting on 4/12/14 11:00 AM

They weren't very welcoming when we walked in just 5 minutes early for our tasting appointment. The lady that ended up doing the tasting for us was very nice though. The wine was nice and we bought a bottle. But not much of a tasting room and nothing much to see. We felt it could have been made much better.

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