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A. Rafanelli Winery

Updated: Jan 12, 2023


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  • Small, family owned winery on Dry Creek Rd.

  • A picturesque drive west from Healdsburg.


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  • Reservations required.

  • Open Daily 10:00- 4:00 pm

  • Make your appointment by phone.


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  • You know you’re in a special place the moment you ascend the long, steep one lane driveway.

  • Majestic Redwoods line the driveway and terraced vineyards greet you.

  • The beauty of the property rivals Tuscany.


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  • The winery yellow lab will welcome you. Dog friendly.

  • Walk the trail to the pond where there’s a postcard perfect picnic area.



  • ​A rustic, barn like winery with an authentic Italian flair is your destination.

  • It’s an intimate, dimly lit, wood paneled barrel room where you stand and taste.



  • The decor, a testament to the Rafanelli family includes family memorabilia and wine awards.

  • Even on a hot day the barrel room stays comfortably cool.



  • ​Tastings are dependant on what wines are available at the time.

  • Tastings are limited to parties of six or less.

  • A tour includes exploring the wine cave and a wood paneled cellar.



  • Their olive oil is also available for purchase.

  • Since 2006, they’ve planted 1,600 olive trees on the property.

  • Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot (when supplies last)



  • ​Wines are not available commercially, only at the winery and some restaurants.

  • If you want Rafanelli Cabernet Sauvignon, best chance is May when they release.



  • Also, they use an allocation mailing list for their cult following.

  • You’re limited on what you can buy because they want to give others a chance.

  • Price range: $50- $150



  • Leticina, the bold, independent, strong willed ancestor is where the story starts.

  • In her day, women in Italy were never the heir to an Italian family vineyard.

  • She gathered up some cousins to escort her to New York.

  • Next, she headed west with two trusty pistols.



  • As luck would have it, she met and married handsome Alberto Rafanelli, in San Francisco.

  • Since the early 1900’s the Rafanelli’s have been growing grapes. In the late 70’s, Americo, Alberto’s son, founded the winery and moved from Healdsburg to Dry Creek Valley.



  • David, Americo’s son, and wife, Patty own the winery.

  • They passed the baton to their daughters.



  • 4th generation Rafanelli women who are proudly stepping up in the Leticina tradition.

  • Shelly is the winemaker and in charge of production,

  • Stacy is hospitality coordinator and in charge of daily operations.


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