Winemaker Rico Chelini was born and raised in St. Helena, in the heart of the Napa Valley where his family has been making wine since 1970. Rico’s childhood was filled with days of following his father the legendary winemaker Mike Chelini around the vineyards and watching the winemaking process up close and as a part of his daily life. It was an easy decision for Rico to follow in his father’s footsteps. After studying Wine and viticulture at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Rico worked in the vineyards and cellar at Linne Calodo Winery in Paso Robles for 3 years where he really learned what it took to make the best wines possible. Armed with a solid winemaking foundation, Rico returned to his Napa Valley roots where he met up with long time Napa Valley winemaker Bob Pepi. After 8 years working with Pepi, making wine for numerous premier Napa Valley producers, Rico and his wife Lindsey decided to finally pursue their lifelong dream of creating a wine of their own under the Chelini Family name. With access to fruit from the beautiful Rosa Garcia Pinot Noir vineyard in Carneros, one of the premier Pinot Noir appellations, A.D. Chelini Pinot Noir was created. The goal was to make a food friendly wine that could be enjoyed for family gatherings and shared amongst friends. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy sharing it.