Wellington Vineyards is owned by the father and son team of John and Peter Wellington. John purchased the winery site in 1986. At the time, it consisted of 20 acres of old vines and a few decrepit old fruit and nut trees. Replanting of part of the old vineyard and orchard started in 1988. The winery was completed in time for the 1989 crush.
Wellington grows approximately half the grapes they use and purchase the remainder, primarily from small, unique vineyards in the region. The estate vineyards consist of 21 acres, 8 of which are 81 to 113 years old. There are 24 different varieties in the old vineyard, with the most common being Zinfandel, Carignan, Alicante Bouschet, Grenache and Syrah. In addition, there are 10 acres of eleven to sixteen year old vines that consist of Merlot, Chardonnay, Marsanne, and Syrah.
The new tasting room has a beautiful panoramic view out eight huge bay windows that look directly into old vineyards planted in 1924 with the Mayacamas Mountains as a backdrop. The tasting room also provides windows looking into the cellar were you can see the barrels of wine aging and the winemakers busy at work. If you are lucky they may have their chocolate truffles out that go well with their 2005 Victory Reserve or their Estate Zinfandel.