About The Nelson Family Vineyards

The key to making world class wines is to start with world class grapes. All our wines are estate grown in order to assure the highest quality grapes. We have the luxury of choosing only the best grapes from our top vineyards to produce the wines our family is so proud of.

We sincerely believe in our motto that “Great wines are born in the vineyard.” Our goal is to gently guide our grapes into wines that show off the balance and high quality we strive to achieve in our vineyards.

We offer a variety of fine wines that have been produced in ultra small batches with the tender love and care that can only be found at a family owned micro winery. We sincerely hope you enjoy the fruits of our labors.

History of Nelson Family Vineyards

For over 60 years the Nelson family has been farming vineyards and attracting people every year to the beautiful region of Hopland. It is truly a family affair as each generation has put in their time and energy, infusing this ranch with their own flair.

In 1952 Herman and Clara Nelson sold their ranch in what is now the Silicon Valley and headed north, landing in Southern Mendocino County near the town of Hopland. Since then the mature plum orchards and grass fed sheep that dotted the farm’s rolling hills have given way to an abundance of sustainable vineyards as well as Bartlett pears, olive gardens, and live Christmas trees.

The Ranch

The farm has evolved from mature plum orchards and grass fed sheep that dotted the farm’s rolling hills to an abundance of sustainable vineyards as well as Bartlett pears, olive gardens, and live Christmas trees.

The Winery

The philosophy of winemaking at Nelson Family Vineyards is simply to retain the essence of the grapes that they strive to perfect. Chris Nelson has been at the helm of winemaking since the first vintage in 2003. Since the humble beginnings in the garage of his grandmother, Chris has grown the winery into a first class facility where he makes estate wines for Nelson Family Vineyards as well as creating wines for many other Mendocino County wine brands.

While the belief that “Great Wines are Born in the Vineyard” is at the core of Nelson Family Vineyards, having top notch equipment, an experienced winemaker and a lot of patience is essential to realizing the wines that they are so proud of.

Our Team

For over 60 years the Nelson family has been farming vineyards and attracting people every year to the beautiful region of Hopland. It is truly a family affair as each generation has put in their time and energy, infusing this ranch with their own flair. Nelson Family Vineyards has been home to patriarch Greg Nelson since he was 5 years old, and together with his sons Tyler and Chris have molded it to what it is today. Chris is the winemaker, and Tyler is the farmer and coordinator for special projects such as the ranch organically certified, and Fish Friendly Farming practices.

Known for growing excellent grapes since the 1970’s, Greg, Tyler and Chris were inspired by the idea of what their grapes and a little imagination could do for them. It all started with Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel and since then expanded to include, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Viognier, Chardonnay, and Orange Muscat.

The team at Nelson Family vineyards barrel tasting

A specialty of theirs is the “Barn Blend”, which is made by a competition of aspiring winemakers coming together and creating a blend. The winning team gets bragging rights as their blend is created for the next release of Nelson Family Vineyards Barn Blend.

Not only are you in for a great glass of wine, but Nelson Family Vineyards is an excellent escape on those warm summer nights with their Summer Concert Series. It is held in the majestic redwood grove overlooking the cabernet vineyard. Monthly events provide outdoor music entertainment featuring bands playing blues, country, rock and roll and jazz. This year they have Ukiah’s own Funky Dozen, the Unauthorized Rolling Stones, Petty Theft, and Kingsborough. Bring the family, blankets and chairs and enjoy a fantastic night with music and stars.

Whether you are visiting for the day, enjoying some wine, or taking in some summer tunes, Nelson Family Vineyards is a place you don’t want to miss.

Visit Nelson Family Vineyards tasting room, at 550 Nelson Ranch Rd, off Highway 101, down the road behind the strawberries. Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Address: 550 Nelson Ranch Road Ukiah, California 95482
Phone: (707) 462-3755

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