Located on the island of Nantucket, this boutique experience of world class wines and award winning food will forever change you. Over the past 22 years, the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival has become one of the most celebrated wine and food events in the country.  


Donelan Family Wines - A Nantucket Islander Tasting

Code Price Date Time Location  
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Private Home

Address will be provided to ticket holders in early May

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Join Joe Donelan, founder of Donelan Family Wines and their winemaker, Joe Nielsen along with the rest of the Donelan family for a tasting of their prized wines in their private home on the island. Donelan is a small, boutique Sonoma winery producing Syrah, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Roussanne and Viognier. They prize quality over all other factors producing consistent high-quality wines vintage after vintage. Joe Donelan’s philosophy is that the best wines are not made but discovered and he leads his winemaking team to take great pride in harnessing the best qualities and natural variations in each vineyard and embracing the mystery of what nature offers. 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.

Featured Wines:

  • 2014 Donelan Family Wines, Nancie Chardonnay, Sonoma County   
  • 2014 Donelan Family Wines, Tripp’s Block Pinot Noir, Mendocino Ridge   
  • 2014 Donelan Family Wines, Cuvée Moriah, Sonoma County   
  • 2014 Donelan Family Wines, Kobler Family Vineyard Syrah, Green Valley   
  • 2012 Donelan Family Wines, Richards Syrah Family Vineyard Syrah, Sonoma Valley   


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 TOPPER’s Restaurant at The Wauwinet on Nantucket. With a vision for creating superior-quality, terroir-driven Syrah and Rhône 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.