A. Rafanelli Winery, Healdsburg

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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 award winning 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.

Dave RafanelliAll family owned and operated A. Rafanelli specializes in Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. The small rustic winery sits on a knoll overlooking the valley and is surrounded by some of its hillside vineyards. Production is 11,000 cases annually and there are approximately 85 acres planted to various varieties. Tasting and purchases are by appointment only, and all the wine is sold direct. The family prides itself in quality not quantity and believes in traditional winemaking practices.

Shelley in VineyardsRashell (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.
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  • This winery is the ideal visit. Most important is the wine is fantastic. Next is the beautiful gardens, scenery and views. Add to this the simplicity of the experience. No fancy marble floors and pric...  more »
  • The thing about Rafanelli is they only have two wines they will let you taste. Always the zinfandel and now the merlot since the cabernet has sold out. You can buy limited amounts at the tasting room ...  more »
  • Wonderful family, super wines. Zin is really great. Nice tasting room, you can get familiar with their excellent range of top quality wine offerings.  more »
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  • Had the Rafanelli Cab at a restaurant in Sonoma. So pleased with it, I made an appointment for a tasting. Purchased bottles of the three wines I tasted to ship home. Quaint tasting room and beautiful setting.
  • This is our favorite winery. Their family run business makes you feel like family too. The winery grounds are beautiful, the tasting room is friendly and inviting, and the wines...Wow. We have introduced this wine to many friends and the response is always "What is this, it's fantastic" . Love at first taste.... If you love reds....you just found heaven.
  • By-appointment visits. We tasted 3 wines (zin, Merlot, cab) and got a tour of the cellars. It was fun to see the old hand methods still in use at the winery, which has a small production, with very limited availability. We picked up two of the cabs - the max allowed. There is a lovely walk out back, up into the vines and olive trees, and a nice picnic spot above the lake.
  • Wonderfully friendly and informative tour and tasting in a gorgeous spot- and truly excellent wine.
  • Great winery. I've been on their mailing list for nearly a decade - but I always love going up to see the winery, caves and staff. Their Zin is under-appreciated.
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