Owner & Operator
Dr. Denis Nekipelov
My husband & I moved to Virginia 40 years ago. We fell in love with the natural beauty & history of the Charlottesville area and raised our family here. A few years later we discovered the Monticello AVA! There is so much great wine in this area and I’m so glad to be pouring some of the best of it at Montifalco. This is a unique, small vineyard experience. I invite you to relax at the winemaker’s home overlooking the vineyard and enjoy a glass (or two!)
My family and I moved to the Piedmont area in 1998. Shortly after, my husband and I began exploring the local wineries. My appreciation for good wine resulted in 10 years of employment in the industry and I have learned so much. Wine is a beautiful harmony of nature, art and science and those three components are combined flawlessly at Montifalco Vineyard. I am thrilled to be part of the Montifalco family where their passion and commitment to producing superior wines is unsurpassed.
Ninja & Latte
Our Yin & Yang winery cats
West Coast Roots
Until 2013, I spent 13 years living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Having Sonoma and Napa in my backyard helped fuel my passion for wine. In 2008 I said farewell to my clean clothed IT career and joined the winemaking team at Donkey & Goat. To this day I still use many of the winemaking techniques they taught me. The immersive education and hands on experience prepared me for my own brand (originally Falco Vino).
2009 was my first vintage.
While in California, I received the Level II Sommelier Certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers. I had the honor of being taught by some of the world's top Master Sommeliers who instilled in me the importance of humility in the study of wine and hospitality. I found myself in love with Old World wine.
East Coast Terroir
Originally from Greenwich, Connecticut, I have returned to the East Coast and now call the beautiful Monticello American Viticultural Area of Virginia, home. I am committed to caring for my vineyards, crafting small batch, approachable wines but with distinct personality, while maintaining our high service standards that have given us a humbling reputation as one of the best farm winery hospitality experiences in Virginia.
Old World Tradition
Each year I travel to France, Switzerland and other Old World wine regions. I have been inspired by and trained on certain grape growing and winemaking techniques passed down by multi-generational family wineries, particularly in Switzerland's Geneva canton and France's Rhône Valley. Those techniques are what I apply to all Montifalco Vintages.
Listening to the families' different vintage experiences over the years has given me a unique insight and reverence for Old World winemaking.
I invite you to visit, taste and let us share the stories of the vines, wines and their origins with you.
1800 Fray Road
Ruckersville, va 22968