The Robledo Family Winery is a Carneros winery located at the Sonoma end of the Carneros region, on Bonness Road. It is really off the beaten path. You would never spot it unless you had set out to get there.
The great thing about this winery is that it is the first Mexican family-owned winery in Sonoma County. It is a story of one’s hard work and dedication to make something of himself and provide for his family. Reynaldo Rebledo migrated here from Mexico in 1968 and began learning the winery trade from the ground up. He started out in the vineyards as a farm worker. Over the years he became an expert at vineyard management. In the mid 1990’s the family formed a Vineyard management company and made its first major purchase of 30 acres of prime vineyards in the Carneros region. Shortly thereafter, the Robledo family began to produce its acclaimed estate wines. Today, it is a family affair with Reynaldo and children managing vineyards, selling grapes, and making delicious wine.
The tasting room is decorated in Mexican style and feels very relaxed and homey. Tasting fees are in effect here in an unusual manner. For $5 you can taste a flight of whites wines or a flight of red wines, not both. For $10, you can taste the reserve wines. The pours are generous and the wines are very exciting. The reserve Merlot and Cabernet are both outstanding.
There are plans to build a larger tasting facility and improve the grounds. The family also owns vineyards in Lake County and the Alexander Valley of Sonoma County. Most of their fruit is sold off to other wineries.
To get to Robledo, get onto Arnorld Road, towards Glen Ellen at the big Intersection at Highway 121 and Arnold Drive. Drive approximately one mile and turn left on East Bonness Road. Make a right on Bonness Road.
The Good: Hard work pays off. Delicious and well-structured wines.
The Bad: Tasting fee.
I have been to Robledo several times. The first time was about 6-7 years ago and I enjoyed several nice wines. However, my last visit was about 4 years ago and I was disappointed with the flight they were serving. Hats off to the hard work in this family. Would definitely go back though. Small family winery with nice wines.