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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 127 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 127 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 127 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
First Impression 4 Star First Impression Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Hospitality Rating 5/5
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David P. Member Since 5/15/2015
Private Tasting & Tour on 9/14/17 10:30 AM

Greeted by Janette, a fifth generation Nichelini. Had some wonderful wines and a tour of the property along with facts about the history of the family in Napa. Just the kind of experience we were looking for!!!

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Leslie R. Member Since 9/26/2016
Current Release Tasting on 9/16/17 2:00 PM

I can't say enough good about Nichelini's. So fabulous. Wine was amazing. Location is exquisite. Absolutely love the place.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Therese S. Member Since 8/15/2017
Current Release Tasting on 9/09/17 11:00 AM

1st time to Napa valley. Really loved this place. This was the last of the 7 or so wineries we visited and it was one of the best. Small, friendly, good wine across the board. Really like the family run aspect and the history of the winery. Would visit again!

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Mark S. Member Since 7/25/2017
Private Tasting & Tour on 8/24/17 10:30 AM

If you're looking for an off the beaten path small winery with incredible wines, this is the place! Beautiful setting, amazing wines, and wonderful hospitality. Best Merlot I've ever tasted! All the wines were so good, I immediately joined the wine club. Scott was great on our private tour, answered all our questions, and we had a great time. Highly recommend!

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Madeline M. Member Since 8/3/2017
Private Tasting & Tour on 8/10/17 10:30 AM

My dad had been to the Nichelini Family Winery years ago and liked the family feel so we scheduled a tour on a weekday that we'd be there. Scott was our tour guide and led the tasting. He was very knowledgeable about the wines, the house and grounds, and the Nichelini Family despite not being a member of the family himself. He waived the tour fee since we bought wine. Will definitely be returning!

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Susan B. Member Since 3/13/2014
Private Tasting & Tour on 7/20/17 10:30 AM

We had a wonderful experience at this winery. Excellent wines!!

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Richard M. Member Since 7/16/2013
Private Tasting & Tour on 7/14/17 10:30 AM

Would have been a much nicer experience without our host Scott. In the opinion of the six of us, he was pretty full of himself. Wish we would have had the young woman who had just started a week ago instead of him. If so, it would have been a much more enjoyable experience. As for the wines ... we liked them. Not the best we had in Napa but enjoyable.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
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Robert S. Member Since 6/25/2017
Current Release Tasting on 6/25/17 2:00 PM

Why is not the quality of the wine in the rating above? Collectively in our group of four we have visited Napa wineries over 20 times and we felt that i t is the best value for money in the valley.

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Lori K. Member Since 6/20/2017
Current Release Tasting on 6/24/17 11:00 AM

I liked the wine and the atmosphere. I even enjoyed our taster. However, because it was getting crowded, and there wasn't much room, I felt rushed to leave. I would have enjoyed a little more time in the backyard.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
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annette O. Member Since 6/20/2017
Current Release Tasting on 6/23/17 11:00 AM

Great atmosphere and superior wines! The historical nature of the winery was especially appealing.

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Dona and mike D. Member Since 8/10/2010
Private Tasting & Tour on 6/08/17 3:00 PM

We walked in and they were not aware we had an appointment. Felt like he wanted to go home . The GM was very friendly. We wanted to try petit Shiraz I believe and he said not opening it today. Once we joined the club he then asked if we wanted to try it. This was the only tasting out of 15 oither wineries that would not open a different bottle then what they we not "serving".

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
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Deborah G. Member Since 6/3/2017
Private Tasting & Tour on 6/06/17 3:00 PM

This was one of our favorite tours. The history was interesting, and told by a family member. We also loved all of the wines and never have been on a tour where we liked them all.

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Mark B. Member Since 5/22/2017
Bocce & Buon Appetito on 5/27/17 12:00 PM

We thoroughly enjoyed the concept of wine tasting and bocce ball. Scott was not very friendly and he spoke more about himself and what he has contributed to the winery compared to history of winery and the wine itself.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
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Laura K. Member Since 5/10/2017
Private Tasting & Tour on 5/22/17 12:00 PM

Off the beaten path which is appealing to us. Very interesting history of this oldest-owned-family-winery-in-California. Really good wines, especially the Roman Press Red. Also had an unusual white. We bought both. We have had Nichelini red vwines before and have cellared them for a good 10 years and they just better and better.

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Lindyl L. Member Since 4/15/2017
Current Release Tasting on 5/05/17 3:30 PM

Lovely old historical home in a beautiful setting. The drive was gorgeous around the lake and a great relief from the chaos in Napa itself. Hospitality was outstanding. Wine was superb! It is the best value for a tasting in all of the Napa valley. Don't miss the scenery or the wine.

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Charles B. Member Since 3/12/2014
Private Tasting & Tour on 4/24/17 3:00 PM

The wine was good and reasonably priced, however the hospitality was terrible (rude and not accommodating). The facility is also very dated. This could be charming, but not the way it was presented to our group. I would not go again.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
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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!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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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!

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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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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