A. Rafanelli Winery

A.Rafanelli Winery 2016

About

We are growing premium grapes. The winery is small, and being family owned and operated, production is limited, with the focus on quality not quantity! The family prides themselves on producing consistently exceptional wines year in and year out, specializing in some of the finest Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.

Location Description

The small rustic winery sits on a knoll overlooking the valley and is surrounded by some of its hillside vineyards.

Features

  • Producing world class wines.

Additional Information

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Average Bottle Price

$ 50

Winemaker

Rashell (Shelly), the eldest daughter, is the winemaker. She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1996 with a degree in Agricultural Business. Since then she has taken over all production at the winery. With the help of her husband Craig Fehlman, who manages all of their vineyards, they hope to carry on the family tradition, and keep improving the wines. Shelly’s sister, Stacy, is in charge of daily operations at the winery.

History

Alberto Rafanelli, an Italian immigrant, first founded A. Rafanelli Winery in the early 1900’s. He settled in the Healdsburg area with his family and started growing grapes and making wine.

After prohibition, Alberto’s son Americo showed interest in the family business and was soon carrying on the tradition. He moved the winery to the Dry Creek Valley in the early 1950’s. It was here that he began to farm his Zinfandel and raise his family. Although it wasn’t until the early 70’s that he came out with the present day label and started to sell his wine commercially.

Since then, Americo’s son David, and his wife Patty own and operate the business. The winery is now in it’s fourth generation of growing grapes and making wine in the heart of Dry Creek Valley.

Practices & Techniques

The fermenting room is comprised of 16 open tank fermenters, all sparkling clean, waiting to be filled with fresh juice. Our crush pad has been set up, tested, and ready for us to hand sort and crush grapes. All tractor and vineyard equipment is lined up and ready to go at a moment’s notice and the grapes are literally just hanging out. Day by day, Shelly will be sampling each vineyard to test sugar levels and flavors of the berries to determine our start date.

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Hours

Daily: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm By Appointment Only

Address

4685 West Dry Creek Road
Healdsburg, California 95448
United States

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