It's A Brave, New World
June 7th, 2021 Update
Yes, we are open!
Saturday & Sunday, noon-5pm.
We are still doing most of our seating outside, at well-spaced tables.
Of course, if you are still waiting things out, we'll still get you your wine!
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 2018 Mark's Magia, 2018 Negroamaro, a yummy 2018 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, Nevada, Arizona and Idaho (sorry Andy). Only valid with purchase of 4 or more bottles. Not valid with any other specials, including our $140/case Sierra Bella and Sierra Donna 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.
In-Person, Right to Your Porch Delivery. That's right, if you order at least 6 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.
2017 Aglianico - 92 points
2019 Sierra Bella - 88 points
2020 Sierra Donna - 89 points
Actual reviews will be in the August/September edition of Wine Enthusiast Magazine. A quick note about the 100 point scoring system...many wine consumers have been conditioned to simply ignore any score below 90. By scoring our everyday red wine, Sierra Bella, at 88 points, what the W.E. reviewer is saying is that Montoliva Vineyard & Winery Sierra Bella is a "very good" wine. I agree. Especially for a wine that can be purchased for $12 a bottle (if you are a member of the Chicago Park Wine Society, that is).
Most asked question at the winery right now, "are you going to have Saturday Night Movies in the Vineyard" this year? YES! We've been forced to make some changes to how we do this, nonetheless, we will have a full slate of summer events here at the winery. Here is where you can find the complete schedule.
"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
"I’m very glad that I decided to stop at Montoliva Winery, unquestionably the highlight of my first day of northern Sierra Foothills wine tasting. Mark did a great job of engaging his audience out on the patio. The wines were good across the board, with some real standouts – my favorites were the 2015 Falanghina, 2014 Nebbiolo, 2013 “Sinistra,” 2014 Aglianico, and 2014 “Due Baci.” Although the Montoliva reds receive a fair amount of barrel aging, it seemed to work much better for them than for many of the wines at other producers I visited that day."
~ Ken Zinn, SF-based Wine & Travel Writer
"The 2019 Montoliva Sierra Donna, an unusual combination of Sauvignon Blanc, Falanghina and Vermentino delivers terrific weight, fruit and flavor. It is my new favorite dry summer white."
~Certified Wine Educator Rod Byers, The Union, May 2020
Want to sample some really interesting, obscure Italian varietals grown in California? Here is what we are pouring this weekend:
2020 Sierra Donna, (blend of Falanghina, Vermentino & Sauv Blanc)
2016 Sinistra (a proprietary blend of Barbera and Teroldego)
2020 Falanghina, 2017 Dolcetto, 2017 Primitivo
2016 Estate Sangiovese (Gold Medal, 2021 SF Chronicle Wine Competition)
2018 Due Baci (a Sangiovese/Aglianico blend, Gold Medal, 2021 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition)
2018 Negroamaro (Silver Medal, 2020 Sunset Magazine),
2019 Sierra Bella, our "vino tavola" blend (Silver Medal, 2020 WCWC),
2016 Teroldego (Silver Medal, 2020 Sunset Magazine Wine Competition),
2018 Barbera (Silver Medal, 2020 West Coast Wine Competition)
Whew...that's a lot of wine!
"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
2019 Sierra Donna (Sauv Blanc, Falanghina, Vermentino blend)
2018 Sierra Bella (a Sangio/Barbera/Teroldego/Primitivo blend),
2016 Estate Sangiovese,
2018 Late Harvest Barbera,
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.