Located on the island of Nantucket, this boutique experience of world class wines and award winning food will forever change you. Over the past 21 years, the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival has become one of the most celebrated wine and food events in the country.
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Donelan Family Wines - A Nantucket Islander Tasting
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Address will be provided to ticket holders in early May
Joe Donelan, founder of Donelan Family Wines, a leading producer of Syrah, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines from Sonoma County, welcomes you into his Nantucket family home for this tasting of their exclusive and unique wines. This small, boutique winery located in Sonoma County produces award-winning Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache, and Roussanne. Sourcing all their fruit from specific vineyards in Sonoma, Donelan is less interested in the exact brix count than with the flavor profile and overall tasting experience. Well loved by the Nantucket community, you will quickly learn why the Donelan family and their exquisite wines are somewhat of a legend both on island and across the US.
Joe Donelan, Founder, Donelan Family Wines
Joe Donelan, founder of Donelan Family Wines, began his journey of wine discovery in the 1980s, led by an inspired sommelier at Toppers Restaurant on Nantucket. With a vision for creating superior-quality, terroir-driven Syrah and Rhone-varietals, Joe established relationships with unique Sonoma County vineyards and brought together a production team to found Donelan Family Wines. With his family’s name stamped on each bottle and two sons involved in the day-to-day operations of the business, Donelan Family Wines is a true family venture for Joe.
Joe Nielsen, Winemaker, Donelan Family Wines
Joe completed the Michigan State winemaking program at an accelerated rate and received a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture, after which he spent a year with a Michigan winery before pursuing his winemaking dreams in California. At Donelan Family Wines, you’ll find Joe with his hands in all aspect of the winemaking process, from analyzing wine samples in the lab to managing the racking and bottling of the cellar.