El Molino is located on the site of an old Ghost Winery founded in 1871 – when you start talking about dates in the early 1870’s you are among a very exclusive short list of Napa wineries. As a result, the original El Molino Winery was one of the earliest wineries founded in the Napa Valley. It operated until prohibition and was completely restored in 1981. The current El Molino dates from 1987 (has been in the same family since the 1930’s) and is located off of Highway 29/128 (north of the town of St. Helena) via a short gravel road. The name El Molino in Spanish means “Mill” which makes sense considering the nearby Bale Grist Mill is located merely minutes away. You can reach the actual winery in about a minute from the highway and once you are here, it feels like you are totally in the country.