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A. Rafanelli Winery

Updated: Jan 12


  • Small, family owned winery on Dry Creek Rd.

  • A picturesque drive west from Healdsburg.


  • Reservations required.

  • Open Daily 10:00- 4:00 pm

  • Make your appointment by phone.


  • 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.


  • 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