Trione Vineyards & Winery opened just a few months ago on the site of the old Nervo Winery. A new modern winery was built complete with a very elaborate tasting room. The landmark of the Trione Winery is the “Old Stone Building”that once was the Nervo Winery. The structure has been a familiar sight for years and can be easily spotted by drivers on Highway 101 between Healdsburg and Geyserville. Thankfully, the Trione Family preserved the structure and restored it to its glory days. Frank Nervo Jr. had the stone building constructed in 1908 and used the building to make some wonderful wines. The Nervo Family sold the historic building and adjacent tasting room in the 1970’s to a conglomerate wine group that housed Canyon Road wines until the Trione Family purchased the property for their winery.
The Trione Family has been farming vineyards in the Russian River wine region for the past 35 years. The vineyards are located mostly in the Alexander Valley but also have some vineyards in the Russian River Valley AVA. As far as the Trione wines are concerned we tasted the Sauvignon Blanc 2006 and 2007, and thought the 07 Sauvignon Blanc was delicious. So was the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir we tasted. All the wines are well made but a bit on the expensive side. For example, the 2005 Block 21 Cabernet Sauvignon sells for $64. That $64 is way out of our wine budget.
This is hard to believe but it is a true tale. In the late 1960’s we discovered the Nervo winery tasting room along Geyserville Avenue. The stone building was closed at the time but Nervo had a small building they used as a tasting room. The wines were only sold out of the tasting room. They made a good variety of wine but what caught our attention was the Cabernet Sauvignon. The price was $1.00 per bottle. Now that fit our wine budget perfectly. Just think, you could have purchased 5 cases of the Nervo Cab with what one bottle of Trione Cabernet Block 21 costs today. How times have changed.
The folks at Trione were very nice to us. They let us picnic on their balcony on the second floor. The balcony looks out onto one of their vineyards in the Alexander Valley and it is just a very pleasant setting. The “Old Stone Building”is open and visitors can take a look around. The structure will be used for winery events, weddings, and other activities.
The tasting room at Trione is open Thursday to Sunday, 10 to 5 pm.