Chris, Greg, and Tyler Nelson

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.

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.