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A. Rafanelli Winery

4685 W Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448
707 433 1385
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Ranked #24 of 114 activities in Healdsburg
Type: Wineries
Activities: Wine tasting
Most recent review
- May 7, 2014
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English first
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204 reviews 204 reviews
34 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014 via mobile

We made our annual visit to A. Rafanelli to pick up our Zin order. Tried both the Zin and Cab at the tasting room plus the chocolate. The dark chocolate makes the Zin taste even better. David gave a tour of the cave with some family history. Grounds and veg. garder are beautiful. If you are a Zin lover this... More

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Seattle, Washington
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I have waited months to be able to finally go see this great and legendary Zin maker and last weekend, we got the opportunity. It was easy to get an appt and the girls took good care of us upon arrival. We tasted both the Zin and Cab in their wonderful barrel room that added to the experience, and they... More

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New York City, New York
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88 reviews 88 reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I stumbled upon A. Rafanelli when looking at google maps in the sonoma area. I was intrigued because the didn't do retain distribution, and I really like small wineries which cater to their customers rather than to what can sell in stores. We were the only people at the tasting, which was done in the cellar among all the aging... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

we visited this place a couple of times during passport weekend. this time we made an appointment which was nicer. no crowds and we could enjoy the tasting. known for their zins but we were really enjoying the merlot. we will be back.

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Windsor, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

By know Dave and the family for most of my life, I know is a real working vineyard and winery. Dave's family has been working the land for 60 plus years and understands what make good wine. You must visit.

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Santa Rosa, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

The Rafanelli's have a nice place; good for photo ops. They are knowledgeable, hospitable, and hardworking. This is IMHO the real deal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

I was fortunate enough that a friend introduced me to this reservation/appointment only winery. They are family run, and I always feel special, like a VIP, insider--whenever I go here. No fees to taste--three wines usually... but all high quality and priced amazingly low ($30s-110, excellent for the quality). The zins are the standouts. Beautiful grounds you can bring a... More

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Trophy Club, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

This is a small family owned and operated winery and an appointment is needed. We were able to see the grapes in the steel vat waiting to be "crushed" They have excellent Zin's and are very friendly.

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Windsor, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

The winery is unassuming and rustic, but it houses one of the best zinfandels in all Dry Creek. You have to make an appointment to sample and purchase their wines, but it's well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013 via mobile

10 out 10! Staff accommodated our large party without reservations. Dave the owner likes KY bourbon and is a class act!

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