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Zialena Winery

Updated: Jan 12, 2023


Key Info

  • Alexander Valley’s newest winery.

  • I attended the exciting ribbon cutting ceremony in 2017.

  • Pronounced Zee-ah-leena after beloved great Aunt Lena.

  • A short drive from quaint downtown Geyserville.

  • Founded by a brother and sister team.

  • Mark is the winemaker and Lisa runs the business side.

  • Fourth generation Mazonni.

  • For over a century the Mazzoni family has grown premium grapes in Sonoma County.

  • When building the custom winery on the historic Mazzoni property…

  • Lisa didn’t want a grandiose castle or a chateau.

  • Instead, she envisioned a custom built winery which did not obstruct the sweeping views of the vineyard valley.

  • Open daily 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Walk-in tastings ok and dog friendly on the patio.

  • Zialena is surrounded by 120 acres of father Mike’s estate grapes.

  • The estate specialties: Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon.

  • Zialena Zinfandel is a favorite, known for its spice and pepper notes.

  • Hand-crafted wines also include Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

  • A field blend, Cappella, is sourced from Chalk Hill’s, Old Crow Vineyard.

  • 100 year old vines, Cappella is aged in neutral French Oak for 16 months.

  • Lisa calls Cappella, “Mark’s fun wine.”

  • Mark’s approach to wine making is to be true to the family tradition.

  • He is committed to estate only winemaking because he says it allows him to be a non-interventionist.

  • Grapes touch natural elements only, concrete, oak and cork.

  • A first for Alexander Valley is Zialena’s custom made open top concrete fermenting tanks.


You May Not Know

  • If you look very closely at the Zialena label, you’ll notice an imprint.

  • This imprint is the outline of their great Aunt Lena’s ravioli press.

  • Around the holidays, Lena made her raviolis for the Mazzoni clan.

  • This past June, for a new event called ‘Experience Alexander Valley’,

  • Guests at Zialena learned how to make Lena’s ravioli recipe.


Sheila’s Recommendation

  • Like out of a Hallmark Movie…

  • My boyfriend knows just about everyone in Geyserville.

  • He’s friends with a local who owns some draft horses.

  • Every spring he takes his draft horses out to prepare for a long distance race.

  • We were along for one of the practice runs, seated in a wagon pulled by these majestic horses.

  • One of the stops along the way was Zialena winery.

  • It was surreal to hear the clippity clop of hooves on the long Zialena driveway.

  • We stopped and snatched a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc.

  • It tasted amazing on this 100+ degree day.

  • Maybe not the standard mode of transportation, however,

  • Zialena is also a popular cyclist stop.

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