The Nichelini Winery Is the Oldest Family-Owned Winery in Napa Valley

Delicious Nichelini Winery products begin in the vineyardWhen it comes to upholding traditions, The Nichelini Winery in Napa Valley is a unique and shining example. It was established in 1890 and is the oldest family-owned winery in Napa Valley. During your next visit to wine country, make time to visit this gorgeous vineyard, taste their carefully crafted wine, and learn how the family has been the firm foundation of this establishment for over 100 years and counting.

If enjoying good wine is important to you, be sure to stop by the Nichelini Winery while you’re in town. You’ll also want to download our free Vacation Guide for other wonderful suggestions for wineries and tasting rooms to visit. It also contains our curated list of recommendations for dining, shopping, and outdoor recreation.

The Nichelini Winery – The Beginning

We love a good story as much as we love fine wine and the story of how The Nichelini Winery began is excellent. Homesteaders Anton and Caterina Nichelini were the first Swiss settlers in Napa County’s Chiles Valley. They arrived in 1884 on horseback and quickly became firmly planted in the region. They planted grape vines and olive trees and worked for years to hand-build a stone winery that also included a seven-bedroom house above it. Eventually, the rooms were filled with a large family (12 children!), and word got around about the family’s winemaking skills.


When you visit, you’ll see that the original winery and Roman wine press, as well as the house, are all still standing. The entire operation has remained family-owned for more than 120 years. Their motto is “Generation to Generation,” which is evident in the 5 generations who have developed, refined, and passed on their winemaking knowledge and traditions. The result: World-class, American wines that embody finesse, individuality, and simplicity.

Visit & Taste

The winery is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Monday through Thursday by appointment. It is about 40 minutes from Churchill Manor. It’s located 8 miles up into the hills east of the Silverado Trail, past Lake Hennessy and through the scenic cliffs of Sage Canyon Road. Your experience will begin the moment you approach the estate, which is serene and rustic.

The Nichelini wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Sirah, Roman Press White, Muscadelle, Sparkling Wine and a Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, to name a few.

Whether you enjoy their wine in the tasting room or in the outdoor space, you’ll love the warm atmosphere and great service by the friendly and down-to-earth staff. Guests say the love of winemaking shows in nearly aspect of this tasting experience.

Start Planning Your Trip

Now that you are intrigued by the wine and traditions at Nichelini Winery, you’ll also need to make arrangements for a place to stay during your Napa Valley getaway. Churchill Manor is a historic bed and breakfast in downtown Napa with lavish appointments and a friendly staff eager to accommodate. We invite you to make a reservation to stay in our luxurious accommodations today. Check our availability, then select your favorite room and begin dreaming of your perfect Napa Valley vacation.