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Made an appointment for a tasting and tour. Had an excellent time visiting with Ray and the rest of the team. Got the opportunity to watch the start of the wine making process with intern pressing the grapes. The caves are lovely, and I always...More
This is the experience you came for! My friend and I were allowed in on short notice and tasted several excellent reds and bought 4 bottles. We lazily strolled the beautiful with the company of their delightful dog. Our visit was extended when the staff...More
It is not open to the general public so call ahead for an appointment or to see if you can get in at all. Small wineries have very limited quantities of their wines. I believe they sell like 80% of their wine through their club....More
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 pricey decor. Here the focus is on old traditions and family....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 or add your name to their wait list...More
The location is very picturesque and the staff is friendly but we were thought it was a bit odd that we needed a reservation and they only had two wines to try. We sampled and were quickly off to the next stop.
I recently returned to Rafanelli Winery after twenty years and found the wine and the people to be just as good as I remembered. Small production of delicious Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel is their specialty as well as producing Merlot and Cabernet. If you are...More
If you want to taste the best Zinfandel make an appointment at A Rafanelli. Small, private, friendly, family run winery. Great Zin. Added benefit is the chocolate they serve. No fancy tour, just great Zin tasting.
We saw this appointment only winery written up in a book and reserved a tasting. Outstanding Zinfandel, excellent blends, but already sold out of thsi year's Cab. Dave Rafanelli learned it was my daughter's graduation trip after college and he gave her an autographed bottle...More