Wines by Nathan Vader A Northern California Winemaker

COVID-19 Update for Vina Moda


Our Garden is OPEN!

Our Garden is reopening for tastings beginning Friday, June 12th! Space is limited to 30 total guests…

SF Chronicle 2020 Awards


10 Awards Won!

We are honored to have won many awards at the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of North American wines.

Current Reviews


From Yelp

"Great local wine options and super-knowledgeable owners pouring wine. Everything was good, but we especially enjoyed the Phoenix, Barbera, Syrah and Grenache." ~Dave C.

 

Recent Awards

2016

Petite Sirah

Gold

2020 San Francisco Chronicle

2017

Grenache

Gold

2020 San Francisco Chronicle

2017

Vinas

Double Gold

2020 San Francisco Chronicle

2017

Syrah

Double Gold

Best of Class2020 San Francisco Chronicle

Become a Wineclub Member

 

Three Bottle Level

3 bottles per quarter

  • 4 shipments of 3 bottles each
  • Mixed red and white wines (unless otherwise specified)
  • 15% discount on all non-sale Vina Moda wine purchases

You must be at least 21 years of age to join or receive orders. We currently may not ship to AL, DE, IL, KY, MS, NV, NH, NY, OK, PA, RI, TX, UT, VA or WI. State restrictions may apply.

 

Six Bottle Level

6 bottles per quarter

  • 4 shipments of 6 bottles each
  • Mixed red and white wines (unless otherwise specified)
  • 20% discount on all non-sale Vina Moda wine purchases

You must be at least 21 years of age to join or receive orders. We currently may not ship to AL, DE, IL, KY, MS, NV, NH, NY, OK, PA, RI, TX, UT, VA or WI. State restrictions may apply.

 

Case Level Membership

12 bottles per quarter

  • 4 shipments of 12 bottles each
  • Mixed red and white wines (unless otherwise specified)
  • 25% discount on all non-sale Vina Moda wine purchases

You must be at least 21 years of age to join or receive orders. We currently may not ship to AL, DE, IL, KY, MS, NV, NH, NY, OK, PA, RI, TX, UT, VA or WI. State restrictions may apply.

 

 

All membership levels share in these benefits:

  • Access to Vina Moda “futures,” Wine Vault, and limited production wines. *membership discounts may apply*
  • Private VIP tours and barrel tastings with our Winemaker, Nathan Vader. Please call ahead for an appointment and further details
  • Exclusive access to Invitation Only Events
  • Access to our Facility for Your Own Private Parties and Events
  • Vina Moda will attend your own private events, serve your invited guests our wines and make our wines available for purchase to those in attendance
  • Discounts and Gift Certificates from participating local businesses

About the Winery

Nathan Vader

Born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Nathan Vader was raised in a ranching family, learning the ways of agriculture.

Nathan's first inspiration in the wine industry came when his parents moved to Northern California, often passing through Calistoga. As they passed outside the moving car, he was fascinated with the beauty of the vines. A full life circle in just a summer growing cycle, the vines start from dormant stumps… then life appears. Florescent green shoots grow quickly to lush canopies, tiny orbs change to plump clusters, green canopies become auburn fall colors. At last, the ripened grapes are ready to morph into the sacred nectar we know as “wine.”

Very seldomly do people get to experience a life that is so balanced with nature. There is an energy that flows through everything. It takes a person who is truly in touch with nature to actually feel and hear that energy. Nathan doesn’t consider himself a creator, but a caretaker and good listener.

Grapes are a living entity, they evolve into living wines. They are very vocal and all have different personalities. Nathan feels that the more his hands are on the grapes, the closer the bond becomes. So much of this intimate relationship, and of the quality of the wines, is lost with the use of big machine dumpers and tank pump-overs. Nathan pitch forks every cluster onto a sorting table where he can observe each grape that enters the winery.

The fermentation phase represents the most important bonding experience. Fermentation takes place in open top bins. Three times each day Nathan punches the skins back into their juices, and fills the room with the blues-y sounds of his harmonica. The grapes are more expressive at this stage than at any other point in their life. This is when Nathan forms his deep connection with each varietal. In Nathan’s own words, “I listen when the wines need special attention and care.”

After fermentation, Nathan presses Vina Moda’s wines into fine oak barrels, where they rest comfortably, under his close supervision. They calmly age from simple adolescents into complex, mature adults, destined to be enjoyed by all who know them. Nathan stands beside every bin, barrel and bottle until each reaches its final resting place.

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We're so proud to work with some of the finest growers in all the world. These are our truest friends and colaborators.

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Broll Mountain Vineyards

Broll Mountain Vineyards

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Dalton Vineyard

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Desmond Estate Vineyards

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Jordan Oaks

Jordan Oaks

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La Rosa Family Vineyard

La Rosa Family Vineyard

Joe and Mary La Rosa planted the La Rosa Family Vineyard at their home in Hughson, California, in 2011. Each harvest, together with their three sons and extended family, they wake before dawn to hand pick their bounty of Primitivo and Barbera. …

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Rorick Heritage

Rorick Heritage

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Villa Vallecito

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Featured Stories

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Our Garden is OPEN for tastings beginning Friday, June 12th! Space is limited to 30 total guests at any given time, with each group maintaining proper social distancing. Prior reservations are a very good idea, at Vina Moda as well as other tasting rooms, so that we can make sure we have plenty of room for you! The garden tables and …

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Best of Show at SF Chronicle

Best of Show at SF Chronicle

We are excited to announce scoring 10 awards at the SF Chronicle 2020 Wine Competition! This year’s competiton was fierce, with 65 judges evaluating nearly 6,700 wines from over 1,000 wineries. We’re especially honored to have been named ‘Best In Class’ for our 2017 Sierra Foothills Syrah. The ‘Best In …

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Join Vina Moda this Thursday night, February 6th, from 6pm-8pm at Murphys Grille for their Winetastic Dinner series. Enjoy presentations from Vina Moda, highly discounted prices on our featured Award-Winning wines, and a discount on your choice of one of Murphys Grille’s appetizers when ordering one of the featured wines. Our 2017 …

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Presidents' Wine Weekend

Presidents' Wine Weekend

It’s back! Please join us for the 24th Annual Presidents’ Wine Weekend event on February 15th & 16th 2020, 11:00AM-5:00PM. Swing by Vina Moda to receive complimentary tastings of our 2017 Barbera, 2016 Syrah and 2016 Euphoria. If those yummy wines leave you wanting more, taste 4 additional wines for just $5. (yup, just 5 …

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State Fair Best of Class

State Fair Best of Class

We’re so pleased to have received two Best of Class of Region awards in this years California State Fair. Everyone had so much fun. We hope you’ll join us next year. 2016 Phoenix – Gold, Best of Class of Region | 95 2016 Grenache – Gold, Best of Class of Region | 96 2016 Syrah – Silver | 88 2016 Pinot Noir – Silver | 88 …

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Taste of Calaveras

Taste of Calaveras

Taste of Calaveras gave us “Best Winery” for our participation. 2019 was the 13th Annual Taste of Calaveras Wine Competition. The Taste of Calaveras is a Food, Wine and Art Experience featuring the best that Calaveras has to offer.

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Wine Club Gala Dinner

Wine Club Gala Dinner

Celebrate a Decade of Decadence with us! On February 1, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm, join Nathan and Dre for an intimate dinner celebrating Vina Moda’s 10th Anniversary in our beloved tasting room. Several gourmet courses created by Chefs Angelo & Marlene Dellanini will be paired perfectly with 6 spectacular wines that have captured …

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Get in Touch

Tasting Room

Temporarily Closed due to COVID-19 **Open FridayMonday

Friday & Saturday 12PM – 5PM
Sunday & Monday 11AM – 4PM

147 Main Street Murphys, CA 95247

Telephone (209) 743-6226
info@vinamoda.com

Winery

*(by appointment only)*8330 Airola Road, Vallecito, CA 95247

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 2267 Murphys CA 95247

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Awards List

2020
  • San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2017 Syrah – Best of Class Double Gold
  • 2017 Vinas – Double Gold
  • 2017 Grenache – Gold
  • 2016 Petite Sirah – Gold
  • 2017 Phoenix - Silver
  • 2017 Barbera – Silver
  • 2017 Tannat - Silver
  • 2017 BCabernet Sauvignon XI – Silver
  • 2017 Mourvedre – Silver
  • 2017 Merlot – Silver
2019
  • San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2017 Syrah – Best of Class Double Gold
  • Taste of Calaveras
  • Best Winery
  • California State Fair
  • 2016 Phoenix – Gold, Best of Class of Region | 95
  • 2016 Grenache – Gold, Best of Class of Region | 96
  • 2016 Syrah – Silver | 88
  • 2016 Pinot Noir – Silver | 88
  • 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon – Bronze | 87
  • San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2016 Syrah – Gold
  • 2016 Barbera – Gold
  • 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon – Gold
  • 2016 Grenache – Silver
  • 2016 Phoenix – Silver
  • 2016 Pinot Noir – Silver
  • 2016 Euphoria – Silver
  • Sunset International Wine Competition
  • 2016 Syrah – Silver
  • 2016 Grenache – Silver
  • 2016 Barbera – Bronze
2018
  • Calaveras Wild Red Showdown
  • 2015 Syrah – Best of Show, Calaveras Cup
  • California State Fair
  • 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon – Gold | 95
  • 2015 Merlot – Gold | 95
  • 2015 Grenache – Silver | 88
  • 2015 Phoenix – Silver | 88
  • 2015 Barbera – Silver | 88
  • 2015 Pinot Noir – Silver | 91
  • 2015 Petite Sirah – Bronze | 87
  • San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2015 Syrah – Double Gold, Best of Class
  • 2015 Merlot – Gold
  • 2015 Phoenix – Silver
  • 2015 Grenache – Silver
2017
  • Sunset International Wine Competition
  • 2014 Barbera – Gold, Best of Class
  • 2014 Vinas – Bronze
  • California State Fair
  • 2014 Barbera – Double Gold, Best of Class of Region | 98
  • 2014 Phoenix – Double Gold, Best of Class of Region | 98
  • 2014 Vinas – Silver | 93
  • 2014 Pinot Noir – Silver | 88
  • 2014 Syrah – Silver | 88
  • 2014 Grenache – Bronze | 86
  • San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2014 Grenache – Gold
  • 2014 Barbera – Silver
  • 2014 Vinas – Silver
  • 2014 Phoenix – Bronze
  • 2014 Pinot Noir – Bronze
  • 2014 Syrah – Bronze
  • 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon – Bronze
  • 2015 Chardonnay – Bronze
2016
  • Sunset International Wine Competition
  • 2013 Barbera – Gold, Best of Class
  • 2013 Petite Sirah – Gold
  • California State Fair
  • 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon – Double Gold
  • 2013 Syrah – Gold
  • 2013 Grenache – Gold | 95
  • 2013 vinas – Bronze | 87
  • San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2013 Barbera – Gold
  • 2013 Grenache – Gold
  • 2014 Chardonnay – Silver
  • 2013 Syrah – Silver | 93
  • 2013 Petite Sirah – Silver
  • 2013 Barbera – Silver | 91
  • 2013 Grenache – Silver
  • 2013 Vinas – Silver
  • 2013 Vinas – Bronze
2015
  • Sunset International Wine Competition
  • 2012 Barbera – Gold, Best of Class
  • 2011 Barbera – Bronze
  • California State Fair
  • 2011 Syrah – Gold | 94
  • 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon – Silver | 88
  • 2011 Barbera – Gold | 94
  • 2012 Barbera – Bronze | 86
  • San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon – Silver
  • 2012 Barbera – Gold
  • 2011 Barbera – Gold
  • 2012 Vinas – Gold
  • 2013 Syrah – Gold
2014
  • San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2011 Syrah – Silver
  • 2011 Barbera – Silver
  • 2011 Siera Rose – Silver
2013
  • California State Fair
  • 2011 Vinas – Gold, Best of Class of Region
  • 2010 Petite Sirah – Bronze
2012
  • San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – Silver
2010
  • San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2007 Zinfandel – Gold
2008
  • California State Fair
  • 2007 Zinfandel – Best of Class of Region
  • 2007 Viognier – Best Wine of Region
  • San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon – Silver