Sonoma County-based Donelan Family Wines introduces two new tasting experiences

(June 8, 2017; Santa Rosa, Calif.)—The ultra-premium Sonoma-based Donelan Family Wines has launched two new intimate tasting experiences at its winery located in Santa Rosa.

Donelan Family Wines has for years received fanfare for its portfolio of Rhône varietal wines from such vineyards as Obsidian and Kobler. In recent years, the offerings have expanded to include small production bottlings of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Donelans’ mantra continues to be to seek and source from very small vineyards, farmed to precision, from which they are one of very few buyers. These unique bottlings are the highlight of the winery’s new tasting options, which are focused solely on wine and the growers behind the bottle, offering guests a memorable and intimate experience. The “Donelan Portfolio Tour & Tasting” lasts 60-minutes and includes a private tour of the production facility, as well as a flight of four current release wines that explore the breadth of Donelan’s portfolio of site-specific Burgundian and Rhône varietal wines. The 75-minute “Road Less Traveled Tour & Tasting” also includes an in-depth tour of the winery, as well as a comprehensive tasting of five of Donelan’s highly-allocated Rhône wines, including its limited-production, single-vineyard Syrah bottlings.

Tasting experiences are offered seven days a week between 10am and 4pm, by appointment only. The “Donelan Portfolio Tour & Tasting” is priced at $35 per person, and the “Road Less Traveled Tour & Tasting” is priced at $60 per person. Reservations may be made by e-mailing or calling 707-591-0782, and advanced notice is requested.

“We’re thrilled to introduce these new tasting experiences,” says Cushing Donelan. “They represent our focus on providing an intimate experience for all visitors. We love to interact personally with visitors and provide them with an experience that is not only informative but also allows a deeper understanding of our winemaking philosophy.”

The introduction of these new tasting experiences comes on the heels of the winery’s recent hiring of Jackie Deveny and Emily Floyd, Donelan’s new direct-to-consumer (DTC) business development managers.

About Donelan Family Wines:

Donelan Family Wines was founded by Joe Donelan in 2009 with a focus on the production of Rhône and Burgundian varietal wines from small, cooler-climate vineyard sites located throughout Sonoma County, including the Knights Valley, Green Valley, and Russian River Valley. In 2015, the Donelan family acquired its first estate vineyard, the Obsidian Vineyard, located in Sonoma County’s Knights Valley. In addition, they have been able to develop long-term relationships with some of the most unique vineyard sites in Sonoma County. The Donelan’s are extremely selective in their choice of partners, and each vineyard owner must exhibit commitment to high quality that is the hallmark of the family philosophy. Winemaker Joe Nielsen has been with Donelan Family Wines since its inception, and became head winemaker in 2013. Donelan wines that are available for purchase in select high-end wine retailers and restaurants include: Nancie Chardonnay ($48), Venus Roussanne/Viognier ($48), Cuvée Christine Syrah ($48), Cuvée Moriah GSM ($50), Two Brothers Pinot Noir ($55) and Walker Vine Hill Vineyard Syrah ($75). The Rosé ($25), Kobler Family Vineyard Syrah ($60), Genevieve’s Block Chardonnay ($70), Kobler Family Vineyard Viognier ($78), Tripp’s Block Pinot Noir ($78), Cushing’s Block Pinot Noir ($78), Cuvée Keltie Syrah ($90), Obsidian Vineyard Syrah ($105) and Richards Family Vineyard Syrah ($150) are available by visiting

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