Nello Olivo wines are produced by Rancho Olivo Vineyards, owned and operated by Nello and Danica Olivo in Cameron Park, California.
The Olivos have chosen to grow old-world style grapes—particularly those common to regions of Italy, Nello's ancestral home—which flourish in the California Sierra Foothills terroir and climate.
"A lifelong dream of mine," says Nello, "has been to grow my own grapes and produce my own wine. That's exactly what my grandfather did who came from the old country. It's a passion in me. It's probably in my blood. When I'm doing that, I feel like a happy little kid!"
If Nello's wines succeed in expressing that joy, it's because of his exacting care over every aspect of wine production. Combining hand-tended tradition with the best of new-world care, his vineyard is recognized as one of the best managed in the region. And his grapes are acclaimed among the highest quality available. The proof is in the gold and double-gold medals won by wineries who use his grapes in their own wines.
Rancho Olivo Vineyards is a true boutique winery, producing less than 100 cases of each varietal annually. This makes Nello Olivo wines true sought-after treasures by those who have discovered its qualities.
"Nello’s Super Tuscan is absolutely delicious. A blend of Sangiovese and Merlot, it has the classic Napa Valley juiciness coupled with old world charm and elegance. At only $25/bottle, it’s an absolute steal, competing squarely with Super Tuscans made in the U.S. that are 2-3x the cost.
Similarly, Nello’s Primitivo will knock your socks off. Dark burgundy in color, it’s as luscious as a Zinfandel, without being syrupy. It is also lean enough to be European in character while being unequivocally Californian. Again, at $18.33/bottle, you can’t go wrong.
With only a few hundred cases made, they’re not only wines to covet in price, but but also in quantity. Buy Nello Olivo’s ultra-boutique Cal-Ital wines today."
643 Bee Street, Placerville
Tuesday: by appointment
Wednesday: by appointment
We're the closest winery to Hwy 50, at the "corner of" Hwys 50 and 49. Start your wine tour here. We have winery maps!
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