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“More than just fine wine”

Nelson Family Vineyards
Ranked #2 of 45 things to do in Ukiah
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: One of the most beautiful family owned ranches in Mendocino County. Over 2000 acres with spectacular views of the vineyards, Bartlett pear orchards, Olive Trees, Redwood Grove, and 200 year old Oaks makes this one of the most desired stops for wine and nature enthusiasts. We invite you to visit our tasting room where you can experience the passion you will only find in a family owned boutique winery.
Ukiah, California
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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“More than just fine wine”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

Nelson Family Vineyards is not only offers first class wines, it is a wonderful way to experience a real old school Mendocino county ranch. The experience starts at the very beginning of the winding country road off 101 that leads to the winery, and I always drive it at a snail's pace to enjoy the elevated view across vineyards to the south hills as well as the view down the road to the winery with its delightful backdrop of steep grassy hills studded with oaks. Large oaks all along this road are to be enjoyed, and I have usually seen the ranch horses grazing through the field along the road as well. The winery itself has an attractive garden out front where you're greeted by the buzzing of bees and other insects. To the right of the building is a lovely shady grove of redwood trees with picnic tables where one can enjoy a cool respite and some lunch with a view through the trees to sunlit vineyards. Inside the winery you'll be welcomed by very friendly staff and given a well informed introduction to their excellent family of wines. If you ask a question or two you can also get a sense of the history of the Nelson Ranch which not only includes the valley property with its vineyards but also many acres of rolling hills where in the old days sheep and horses roamed. Beyond the winery, by the way, the ranch road continues past an old barn and barnyard, turning left through beautiful oaks to emerge along the base of the foothills at enough elevation to again give sweeping unobstructed views of the vineyards and the hill country bordering the historic McNab Ranch. The road leads to another large grove of trees shading an attractive event space which may be rented for weddings (and other special events). This spot offers another exceptional view south across vineyards and hills. Of course, the bonus of this more in-depth experience may elude you if you are part of a group tour where wine is the main focus, but if you are able to visit again, with a little more time at your disposal, there is a lot at the ranch to be enjoyed. One of the things I most enjoy, by the way, is the lack of pretense about Nelson Family Vineyards. There is no attempt, as we often see, to put on French airs with chateau-like structures and Gallic nomenclature, etc. The Nelson Ranch is still a family ranch in the old California style with a father and two sons at the helm, hands on. This California working-ranch quality, along with wines that are top quality, are what make the Nelson Ranch a very special visitor experience, one that I have enjoyed enough to return repeatedly, and one that I can highly recommend to you as well.

Visited October 2012
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San Jacinto, California
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“One of the best wineries in Sonoma county.”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

Spent 4th of July week in Sonoma county. We went to many wineries in Sonoma,Napa and Mendocino counties. Nelson winery was one of the best. The hostest was friendly and vey knowledgeable of wines and other local areas. also bought some honey. Tasting was only $5.00 most in area were $10.00.Great visit.

Visited July 2013
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Fortuna, California
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“A delightful family owned winery where we felt we were one the family”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

Great wines and friendly hospitity. My wife and I have been driving by road to the Nelson winery for years as we traveled along highway 101. In March 2012 we stayed overnight in Ukiah and went exploring and finally drove up the country road to the Nelson Family wine tasting room. We received a friendly greeting by Sherrilynn and soon discovered what wonderful wines they produce. It really is a family farm with no pretentions and we felt welcomed as one of the family. We left with a case of wine and a bottle of their olive oil. The Nelson family also holds a "Barn Blend" event in April for its club members and we attended the April 2013 Barn Blend that is actually a gathering of club members in the rustic family barn. We met two other couples that day and the six of us came up with our version of a blend which to our surprise was selected by to be Barn Blend that will be released in 2014. What a great family event, And the Nelson wines a absolutely great!!!

Visited April 2013
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Grass Valley, California
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Greeted with sparkling wine!”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

What a delightful winery! Our favorites were the Chardonnay, the Estate Cab (Grandma's Cab) and Top Row Cab (we call it Top Shelf!). As an added bonus, they also produce and sell olive oil from their olive orchard. Many many thanks to Sherrilynn and Tyler for being so gracious with their time. We were also able to picnic in the beautiful Redwood Grove. Thanks again for a delightful experience.

Visited April 2013
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Los Angeles, California, United States
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great Whites!”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

My husband and I spent a lovely afternoon sampling some good wine. The sparkling white and chardonnay were very good, and I am very picky about my champagne and don't usually like chardonnays. The ladies hosting the tasting room were very friendly. The grounds were beautiful. Well worth the stop.

Visited March 2013
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