3 Family Wineries To Embrace In Napa - Forbes Travel Guide

Fontanella Family Winery
Photo Courtesy of Fontanella Family Winery

Once you’ve spent some quality time in Napa Valley, visits can start to feel like going home—familiar restaurants, favorite wineries, heck, you may even find yourself catching up on news with the winemakers and staff themselves. Here are three impressive family-owned-and-operated Napa wineries that will make you feel like you’re one of their own.

Fontanella Family Winery
There’s a chance you’ll meet the whole family at Fontanella, where the husband-and-wife team of Jeff and Karen Fontanella live on property with their two young sons, John Henry and Andrew, and three happy winery dogs, Payton, Riley and Burt Reynolds. The 26-acre vineyard and winery produces crisp, refreshing chardonnays, luxurious cabernet sauvignons and juicy zinfandels from top-notch sourced fruit. Be sure to secure an appointment, as there are no walk-ins here. Then, sit back on the sunny or shaded side of the vineyard-facing tasting patio, or tour the facilities for a unique opportunity to try unfinished wine from two of the three single-vineyard components (ash, shale and gravel) that make up Fontanella’s Mt. Veeder cabernet sauvignon.
Intriguing facts: Karen reckons that 95 percent of her winery’s production is sold exclusively at the winery or through its membership club. So stock up while you’re there, because you won’t find this wine in your hometown or on grocery store shelves.
Not To Be Missed: The Fontanellas will pick their first estate cab this harvest, which will be released in 2018. But you can make your own wine if you pick up a blending kit from the gift shop. Combine the provided base and accent wines to your liking, then send the “recipe” to the Fontanellas. Your wine will be produced to your specifications on their equipment and shipped to you with customized labels.

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