Orsi Family Vineyards opens first dedicated tasting room and winery

Orsi Family Vineyards is thrilled to announce the opening of our first dedicated tasting room and winery. Located just two minutes from the square in downtown Healdsburg and surrounded by 70 acres of estate vineyard, Orsi Family Vineyards is a boutique, family-owned and operated winery offering eleven estate-grown, limited production Italian varietals. From rare Italian varietals such as Biancolella, Schioppettino and Negroamaro to more traditional Italian wines like Sangiovese, Montepulciano and Primitivo. 

Our proprietor, Bernie Orsi, founded the family label 10 years ago, however, this is our first venture into a dedicated tasting room and winery.

“The key to starting a winery is to never make more wine than you can drink,” Orsi said.

“It is in this spirit that we limit our production to the fruit on hand and, in most years, only produce a few barrels of each wine. The varietals we offer have been chosen for their connection to our family origins and the connection of our estate to that of Italy’s similar growing climates and elevations. Rather than a large production of a few wines, we prefer to offer small lots of a breadth of Italian varietals. As we like to say, “Italian Roots in Sonoma County Soil.”

We began by planting Sangiovese and Montepulciano 25 years ago, followed in subsequent years with nine additional Italian varietals: Biancolella, Fiano, Schioppettino, Negroamaro, Aglianico, Primitivo, Sagrantino, Nebbiolo and Barbera. 

In addition to the Italian varietals grown on the Orsi home ranch in the hills above Dry Creek Valley, we have been growing grapes in Sonoma and Mendocino counties for over 30 years. With our vineyards planted on ten ranches in four appellations: Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley and Mendocino, other varietals planted include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon – all certified sustainable and all sold to prominent local vintners for many years. 

The tasting room is open Thursday-Monday, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. We recommend reservations, but happily welcome walk-ins. Orsi is an ideal vineyard destination venue, providing a wide range of gorgeous locations for events of every size. There is ample off-street parking and is just a half-mile walk or bike ride from downtown Healdsburg.

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