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Simi Winery, Healdsburg

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Winery / Vineyard · Hidden Gem · Food & Drink
Simi Winery is a winery in California in the United States.
The winery was founded in San Francisco, California in 1876 by two Italian brothers, Giuseppe and Pietro Simi, who had immigrated to the United States during the California Gold Rush. They moved operations to Healdsburg, California in 1881, paying $2,250 in gold coins to buy a winery on Front Street.
The winery was run by Giuseppe Simi's daughter, Isabelle Simi, beginning 1904. After marrying a local banker, Isabelle continued to make wine during Prohibition from 1920 until 1933, which she stored in the winery's stone cellars. One of the few California wineries to survive Prohibition, Simi was forced to sell most of its vineyards to survive, but was also one of the few companies to have wine available when sales were again legal. Simi opened its first tasting room in 1934. Isabel Simi sold the winery to grower Russell Green in 1970 but continued working there.
In 1973 Maryann Graf, the first woman to graduate from an American university with a degree in oenology, joined Simi. In 1979 winemaking was taken over by Zelma Long, one of California's most prominent winemakers, who modernized and brought the winery to national prominence. The winery was sold in 1981 to Moët-Hennessy, which in turn became part of LVMH Moët Hennessy. Beginning 1982 the winery began to re-acquire its own vineyards. Long, who continued after the Hennessy sale, eventually became President and CEO.
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  • They brought us the wrong pizza, but we decided to keep it and it was so good we almost ordered another. Great deals on wines, we left with a case.  more »
  • We visited this winery while in Sonoma. It's a beautiful facility. We visited during the pandemic and enjoyed the wine tasting on the patio. The staff were fantastic. We signed up for the wine club...  more »
  • My wife arranged a family gathering and dinner at Simi Winery for my retirement. Colette was amazing at organizing every aspect of the surprise intimate evening. Lisa oversaw the wine, service & food and it was perfect! The setting close to Healdsburg was beautiful and I can't say enough about how great the staff was! Thank you!
  • Awesome very informative tour by Luke! Luke was very knowledgeable and experienced in all aspects of wine making. He anwesered every single question we asked and beyond . Would highly recommend to anyone looking to learn and experience fine wine .

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