Farella is one of the most historic sites in Coombsville (maybe the most historic?). They were ahead of the times, and Coombsville has now become one of the most sought-after appellations in the Napa Valley for Bordeaux varieties.  As our climate gets warmer, this is considered one of the coolest and most moderate temperature appellations in the Valley. Some of the coveted wines from Coombsville: Farella (duh), Favia, Arrow and Branch, Meteor Vineyards, and Palmaz, to name a few.

Frank Farella founded Farella-Park Vineyards in 1985 in a small, 400-square-foot winery next to his house in Napa. His son Tom graduated from UC Davis in 1982 with a degree in Viticulture and Enology while holding down weekend and harvest work with Neyers Vineyard and Flora Springs Winery.  His first real job as a winemaker was at Preston in Sonoma County which he left after six years to work for Domaine Jacques Prieur in Meursault in 1982.  Afterwards, he worked in Oregon at Ponzi followed by Beaux Frefers. In 1991 he took over as a full-time winemaker at Farella, writing a petition in 2009 to create the Coombsville American Viticultural Area (AVA).  It would become Napa Valley’s 16th sub-AVA in November 2011. At the end of 2018, Tom promoted Ryan Pass, also a UC Davis Viticulture and Enology graduate, to winemaker.

In short, you should get to know Farella! A multi-generational family-owned Napa winery that still makes affordable (for real!), classicly styled, and sustainably farmed wines. Is that still possible in the valley? Yes. Yes, it is.

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