It's A Brave, New World
As of today, May 20th, we are still closed. The state has decided that wineries in Nevada County that offer sit-down meal service with their wine tasting are allowed to open, wineries that do not open sit-down meal service with their wine tasting are not allowed to open. I'm not able to follow the logic, but, well, we are all making this up as we go along, so I'm willing to cut them some slack for now.
What this means is that we are closed. We will re-open at some point though, it looks like perhaps mid to late June. So, we should address, what will re-opening look like. When we can re-open here are the highlights:
1) we will be limiting the total number of guests allowed at any given time. This means we will be requesting reservations. 530-346-6577. That's the number to call.
2) in the interest of your health, and the health of the Montoliva staff, all tasting will be done outdoors. Only one person/group will be allowed in to the winery at a time, and for the safety of all involved, we must insist that face coverings be worn by anyone who enters the winery.
3) Primary parking will be in the field parking (there will be signs). At the entrance to the winery there will be a large 3ft x 4 ft sign with requested protocol. This is both our winery, vineyard, and our home. We ask that you respect the protocols.
4) Social Distancing will be the norm, with 8 acres of space, we have plenty of room to spread out.
If you just want to get some wine, we have options, here they are:
Free shipping on all purchases of 6 or more bottles of wine.
6 bottles of wine or more..less than you are actually going to need.
It's safe, secure, takes just a few minutes, and in a couple of days, you'll have wine. We've got some really nice wines available including our 2016 Primitivo, 2015 Estate Sangiovese, a yummy 2016 Barbera. Just fill your cart with at least 6 bottles of tasty Montoliva wine, use the promo code SHIPFREE , and get yourself some wine!
And now for the fine print: Only valid with delivery addresses in California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada (sorry Andy). Only valid with purchase of 6 or more bottles. Not valid with any other specials, including our $140/case Sierra Bella special.
"Curbside" Pickup. Actually, it will be "front of the gate" pickup. Call me at 530-346-6577 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, let me know when you are coming by. I'll have your wine ready for you. This applies to wine club members picking up their latest release, or on-line orders. Please note: You will have to make advance arrangements. As I am back to being a One-Person-Show, I am spending my days in the vineyard.
In-Person, Right to Your Porch Delivery. That's right, if you order at least 4 bottles, and live either within 20 miles of the winery or close to the I-80 corridor between Colfax and Roseville, I will personally deliver your on-line order. I have designated Thursday to be the "Down the Hill" delivery day.
Support Our Local Partners
You can find our Sierra Bella, Barbera and Sangiovese at The Chicago Park Store, The Briar Patch Community Market and at the Nevada City SPD. Unfortunately most of the chains have gone "local" only as a marketing ploy. They stopped supporting local wineries years ago.
Saturday, In the Park,
You'd think it was..well, Normal.
What: Pizza and Wine at Montoliva
When: Saturday, May 30th.
Where: Montoliva Vineyard & Winery
That's It? Well, not exactly, there are some details.
In order to comply with current state guidelines we are doing the following:
This is a "By Reservation Only" Event and is only available to members of the Chicago Park Wine Society. We will be doing 3 sittings, at noon, 1:30pm and 3pm. Each table is for 2, 4 or 6 guests. Each table will get four wine samples of your choosing (from the current wine list), and pizza relative to the table size, there are more details on this in the reservation form.
In addition, each guest will receive a 6-pack of wine of your choosing (selected from our current wine list).
Due to social distancing protocols, tables and seats are limited, get your reservation in to ensure the time/seating arrangement that you desire.
$150 per seat.
This is liable to be the only event we do for a while, so make your
reservation now! Here's the link to reserve.
Member of the Chicago Park Wine Society?
Here is the link to information regarding the 1st Quarter Release.
"Over the past decade, Montoliva has developed a fiercely loyal following. Henry likes richness and mass in his wines, but also freshness and buoyancy. One of his few white wines, the 2014 Falanghina, is richly textured and fruity, not far removed from gewürztraminer or riesling in its floral aroma, but it is light on its feet. His 2011 Nebbiolo is sweetly fruity and leanly built, without the grippy tannins often associated with the variety. His proprietary blends show careful attention to mutually flattering compatibility and balance. The 2013 Mark’s Magia is a dark, juicy and anise-laced blend of Primitivo and Negroamaro, while the 2012 Sierra Bella is a fully grown and solidly structured mix of Sangiovese, Teroldego, Barbera and Nebbiolo."
~ Mike Dunn, Sacramento Bee, 12 January 2016
"Entertaining and Informative."
Montoliva is "Putting Us On The Map."
~ Rod Byers, The Grass Valley Union, March 2015
~ Sarah Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 July 2015
"Mark Henry is a courageous winemaker"
~ Dan Berger, Vintage Experiences, 2010
"Great wines. Wonderful owner. Mark takes the extra time to make sure the customers understand the variety and styles of wines he makes"
~ Rob P., February 2016
As anyone who has ever visited us will tell you, sampling wine at Montoliva is a unique experience, as we go into a great deal of detail about the grapes we grow and the wines we make. This takes some time, and for this reason, we cannot begin a pouring session after 4:30pm (otherwise we are wrapping up at close to 6, which cuts into family time). We are pouring
2017 Sierra Bella (a Sangio/Barbera/Teroldego/Primitivo blend),
2015 Estate Sangiovese,
2017 Mark's Magia (a Primitivo/Negroamaro blend)
2016 Late Harvest Barbera,
2015 Teroldego,(a Teroldego/Barbera blend)
Whew, that's a lot of wine!
More weekends than not, we also open something we've found in our case storage, usually something we've forgotten about, and maybe have a case or two of. This upcoming weekend, that is likely to be either our 2012 Sinistra (a Teroldego/Barbera blend), or our 2013 Aglianico. We only open one each weekend, so it may not be available for sampling by Sunday afternoon.