Donelan Family Wines

Santa Rosa, CA

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About Donelan Family Wines

We are a boutique winery producing highly-rated Syrah, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Rhône-style blended wines highlighting the diverse growing areas of Sonoma County. Guests are welcome by appointment for a private tasting 7 days a week between 10am and 4pm.

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We invite you to come and be our guest at our Sonoma County tasting room and wine making facility in Santa Rosa, California. Please book your reservations at least 48 hours in advance.

We offer two unique tasting experiences for our guests:
The Donelan Portfolio Tasting ($30 per person; fee waived with 3 bottle purchase per person) - 60 minutes
Guests will experience a flight of four current release wines. This tasting focuses on a cross-section of the wines we produce, highlighting the skill of our winemaker in crafting wines blended from some of our favorite vineyard sites.

The "Road Less Traveled" Reserve Tasting ($50 per person; fee waived with 6 bottle purchase per person) - 60-75 minutes
Guests will experience a flight of six current release wines. This tasting focuses on our most limited production wines, including many of our highly-rated single vineyard wines, allowing guests to experience excellence from some of the prime vineyard sites in Sonoma County. This tasting also comes with a selection of gourmet cheese and charcuterie to pair and enjoy with our wines.

We have elected to prize quality over all other factors. Simply put, we think wine should taste great — with every vintage and every grape, this is our ultimate priority and our greatest motivation. We believe that the best wines are not made but discovered, and we look forward to sharing our discoveries with you.

Notable Features

  • Boutique Winery
  • Family Owned
  • Intimate Setting or Venue
  • Limited Production
  • Urban Tasting Room
Varietals Offered

  • Chardonnay
  • Grenache
  • Mourvedre/Mataro
  • Pinot Noir
  • Rosé
  • Syrah
  • Viognier

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Average Score from CellarPass VisitorsMy Parents
Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Andrew H. Member Since 7/7/2017My BFF
The Donelan "Road Less Traveled" Reserve Tasting on 10/14/19 10:00 AM

Donelan is the best kept secret in Sonoma County. The crush facility and tasting room is off the beaten path but that keeps the usual crowds away which is a bonus. The wines top to bottom are outstanding and show great care from the vineyard to the bottle. This is our third visit and we keep coming back because of the wines' consistent quality, and the Donelan family's warm hospitality.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ashley R. Member Since 7/31/2019My BFF
The Donelan "Road Less Traveled" Reserve Tasting on 9/07/19 10:00 AM

Great tasting and discussion about the grapes/wines/vineyards. James was our host and he was very informative and easy to work with! The group did an awesome job and the wines are delish!!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Steve & Cristy J. Member Since 6/3/2017My BFF
The Donelan "Road Less Traveled" Reserve Tasting on 7/08/19 10:00 AM

Donelan always treats us very well with their tasting. Their wines are nice big bold red, which we love.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Anna M. Member Since 5/8/2019My BFF
The Donelan Portfolio Tasting on 5/10/19 12:00 PM

We loved our tasting at Donelan Family Wines. James was a great host and we got to taste a wide variety of amazing wines. We walked out with quite a few bottles to take home and enjoy. We were also very surprised to receive a handwritten note in the mail from Joe Donelan, along with a customized Donelan wine bottle opener. We will definitely be back, their wines and customer service is top notch!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Barbara S. Member Since 5/5/2019My BFF
The Donelan Portfolio Tasting on 6/13/19 12:00 PM

It was a lovely visit with James, and the wine was outstanding.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Frank S. Member Since 5/26/2019My BFF
The Donelan Portfolio Tasting on 5/26/19 10:00 AM

Made online reservations late on Saturday afternoon for Sunday at 10am and was pleasantly surprised that a time was available on a holiday weekend. The winery is in an industrial center and was met by James. Amazingly our names were printed on the tasting agenda. James spent over 2 hours with us sampling some excellent wines. I purchased 6 bottles to start. Highly recommend this winery.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Michael S. Member Since 4/17/2019My BFF
The Donelan "Road Less Traveled" Reserve Tasting on 5/24/19 10:00 AM

Everything about the tasting was fantastic. From the wines, cheese and meats, to the glassware and beyond! James did an excellent job walking us through the tasting of their award winning wines.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Matthew K. Member Since 1/17/2019Evil Stepmother
The Donelan Portfolio Tasting on 5/22/19 10:00 AM

James works the room with great personality and makes you feel his investment and belief in the wines he pours. And the wines are elite. Outstanding stuff.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Dennis M. Member Since 4/15/2019My BFF
The Donelan Portfolio Tasting on 5/13/19 12:00 PM

What a FANTASTIC one-hour tasting. James could not have been more knowledgeable or amiable. And the wine was SUPERB. I purchased 6 bottles and am strongly considering joining the club. When you first arrive thru new residential housing projects and come upon this industrial park where the tasting room is located it is a little off putting but once inside it all changes!!!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Megan F. Member Since 4/23/2019My BFF
The Donelan "Road Less Traveled" Reserve Tasting on 5/11/19 10:00 AM

We had such an amazing experience at Donelan. In addition to their Syrahs being the best wines we tasted during our time in Napa, James was incredibly knowledgeable and personable. He taught us so much about their wines and the care and detail that goes into making each bottle. We cannot wait to order more wines and come back to visit!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Nancy T. Member Since 3/9/2016My BFF
The Donelan "Road Less Traveled" Reserve Tasting on 4/07/19 2:00 PM

Wine are simple and a great veritable blend. James was a lovely host. This was our second trip and it was well worth the second chance.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 3/5
Michael J. Member Since 3/15/2016My BFF
The Donelan Portfolio Tasting on 3/13/19 4:00 PM

Great visit with James! Amazing wines. Cant wait to go back again.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 2/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
David G. Member Since 12/7/2018My Boss
The Donelan Portfolio Tasting on 12/30/18 2:00 PM

upon arrival, we were a bit wary of tasting in a corporate park. I did not gather this was the set up based on the website. But no worries- James instantly took control and made us feel welcome and comfortable in the tasting room. The quality of the wine was also apparent at once, we were amazed and delighted. James is wine savvy, kind, funny. a hospitality natural. We loved him and the experience

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Nancy T. Member Since 3/9/2016Evil Stepmother
The Donelan "Road Less Traveled" Reserve Tasting on 12/15/18 2:00 PM

Poor experience. Showed up 5 min prior to appointment no one was around. Waited for approximately 10 mins and no one showed. We rang the door bell and no one show so we just left. if I could leave no stars I would have.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 1/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 1/5
DEBRA A. Member Since 1/26/2018My BFF
The Donelan Portfolio Tasting on 11/13/18 4:00 PM

Wine was excellent and well worth the visit!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Brooke A. Member Since 7/10/2018My BFF
The Donelan "Road Less Traveled" Reserve Tasting on 10/26/18 4:00 PM

The tasting room is located in an industrial /commercial space. The only view of the vineyards is a TV screen on the wall. That aside, the wines are EXCELLENT! So book a tasting and be prepared to be amazed.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 2/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 2/5
Ricardo R. Member Since 9/25/2018My BFF
The Donelan Portfolio Tasting on 9/25/18 12:00 PM

Great experience. Remarkable and creative portfolio.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 3/5
David M. Member Since 8/31/2018My BFF
The Donelan "Road Less Traveled" Reserve Tasting on 9/02/18 12:00 PM

The tasting experience was very intimate and worthwhile. Definitely worth the $$$

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
JUSTIN W. Member Since 8/1/2018My Frenemy
The Donelan "Road Less Traveled" Reserve Tasting on 8/11/18 10:00 AM

Awesome syrahs

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
karin B. Member Since 6/30/2018My BFF
The Donelan Portfolio Tasting on 7/22/18 10:00 AM

This is a great place to drink some wonderful wines from Sonoma. It was an intimate setting and Greg made it special just for us. We learned a lot about the vineyards and the wines. They were delicious!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Jason B. Member Since 7/13/2018My BFF
The Donelan Portfolio Tasting on 7/14/18 12:00 PM

Overall an exceptional tasting. Great hospitality was only surpassed by the greatness of the wine!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Alan C. Member Since 4/27/2018My BFF
The Donelan "Road Less Traveled" Reserve Tasting on 6/09/18 2:00 PM

Wonderful experience. I unfortunately can't recall the male wine guide but he was superb.Bought a bottle of syrah which my son and I loved. Thanks

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5

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