Winemaker | Proprietor
Dr. Denis Nekipelov
Hello there! I am the official Welding Wino of Montifalco!
Being one who regularly partakes in dry wine after a hard day of work,
I always look forward to spending the weekend sharing what Montifalco has to offer.
A good, strong Malbec is my favorite wine and you will find it in our Red Meritage.
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!)
Baltimore native, lover of nature and travel. Meet the newest (and highly experienced) member of Team Montifalco!
West Coast Roots...
Until 2013, I spent most of my adult life 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 corporate IT career and became a harvest intern at Donkey & Goat Winery in Berkeley, CA. The immersive and labor intensive hours gave me a new appreciation of wine.
I then attended what was formerly the French Culinary Institute, now known as the International Culinary Center, where I graduated with a 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.
My California palate was forever changed and 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, creating small batch boutique wines with distinct personality of our terroir, while continuing the high service standards that have given us a humbling reputation as one of the best winery hospitality experiences in Central Virginia.
Old World Tradition...
Each year I travel to France and other Old World wine regions. I have been inspired by and taught certain grape growing and winemaking techniques passed down by multi-generational family wineries of the French countryside, particularly in the Rhoné Valley. Listening to the different vintage stories has given me priceless insight and reverence for Old World winemaking. That is what I strive to apply to Montifalco Vineyard's vintages in our challenging New World growing environment.
I invite you to make a reservation, visit, taste and let me share the stories of the vines, wines and their origins with you.
1800 Fray Road
Ruckersville, va 22968