Owner & Operator
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, travel and Montifalco reds!
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 IT career and joined the team at Donkey & Goat Winery in Berkeley, CA.
The immersive winemaking education and hands on experience prepared me for my own label (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, creating small batch, focused wines with distinct personality, while maintaining our high service standards that have given us a humbling reputation as one of the best 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 mentored on certain grape growing and winemaking techniques passed down by multi-generational family wineries of the Swiss and French countrysides, particularly in Switzerland's Geneva canton and France's Rhône Valley. Those techniques are what I apply to Montifalco's vintages.
Listening to the families' different vintage stories over the years has given me a unique insight and reverence for Old World winemaking.
I invite you to visit, taste and let me share the stories of the vines, wines and their origins with you.
1800 Fray Road
Ruckersville, va 22968