Okay... so are you ready to tour the Calaveras County wineries?
With only a few stoplights, we’ve heard Calaveras County has an undeniable amount of rustic charm. So let's go!
Let's head up into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where
we’ll find wineries in Calaveras County - midway up State Highway 49...
between Sacramento and Yosemite.
Once we get there we can kick back, sip wine and be lazy; or do some exploring. We hear Calaveras County is relaxed, unpretentious, intimate and absolutely delightful.
Just imagine... more than 20 wineries and hundreds of acres of vineyards dotting the Calaveras landscape.
Most likely, we’ll meet the owner or the winemaker at the tasting room bar.
These wineries live in a climate very similar to the Mediterranean. Growing unique varietals such as Tempranillo, Barbera, Viognier, and Syrah, as well as Zinfandel, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon... plus a host of other award-winning wines.
But... did you know that many of the grapes grown in Calaveras County are Spanish and Italian varietals, too?
Now... even though the following Calaveras
County wineries claim to offer FREE complimentary tastings, picnic
areas, and tours, it might be a good idea to call ahead and ask before
Afterall... things DO change.
3353 E Hwy 4
Murphys, CA 95247
Sitting at 3300 feet above sea level, Brice Station is one of the highest elevated Calaveras County wineries in the entire state of California.
Originally a busy stage stop frequented by visitors traveling to Calaveras Big Trees, Brice Station was granted a Homestead Deed signed by President McKinley in 1900.
The estate is also home to the Quyle Pottery Kiln and Pottery Shop as well as an antique printing press and blacksmith shop.
Now one hundred years later it’s home to a vineyard and tasting room where we can rest and relax; sip a glass of Merlot wine while enjoying the rustic surroundings and so much more...
The winemaker Bill Bezy says the varietals they offer include...
For your convenience Brice Station offers 2 tasting rooms...
Brice Station Vineyards
3353 East Hwy 4
And the other at...
18212 Main St
Monday, Thursday... by appointment only
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - 12:00 Noon - 6:00 pm in Murphys
And on Saturday and Sunday - 12:00 Noon - 5:00 pm in Jamestown
So be sure to check with them before heading out that way.
Ben P of San Francisco says...
I had a great time at Brice Station. They serve a variety of reds and whites, and the guy at the counter was informative and funny and really laid back. We got (because we asked) a history of the their name, and a lesson in mixing wines. Including mixing right in the glass, which I hadn't done before.
415 Main St
Murphys, CA 95247
Winemaker and owner, Charles Becquet says... "we make wine in a so-called
European/French style, with less alcohol and less oak from the barrel.
Although a fifth generation Californian, Charles was raised in France where he worked as an international management and political consultant.
The Winery is designed to resemble a French hunting estate, and
features a restaurant that serves lunch Wednesday and Thursday.
In addition to the estate wines and excellent food, the winery produces olive oil and honey... available for sale in the gift area of two tasting rooms.
This Calaveras County winery features a selection of Ports and received a bronze at the State Fair for our 1999 Tawny Port".
Sit, relax and enjoy your wine at Murphys park and creek - just behind the tasting room. Or wander around town and visit the art galleries nearby on Main Street; and so much more...
They are opened - Thursday - Monday 11:00am to 6:00 pm
Closed -- Tuesday & Wednesday
Domaine Becquet Winery offers varietals such as...
Kandall L of Martinez, CA says...
My hubby and I did a tasting at Domaine Becquet Winery in Murphy's a few weeks ago. The two owners of the winery were running the tasting room that day. They were a very nice couple. They were closing for the evening when we popped in but they still helped us and took their time with it.
We were unfamiliar with their product and fell madly in love with several of their ports. Their chocolate port is my new addiction. So much so that I'm going to place an order for a case today. I've tried other chocolate ports since trying theirs but not one comes close to the luxurious, buttery flavor. The Petite Verdot is also fantastic, as is the tawny port.
Wait, maybe I'll have to buy three cases the next time I visit the Calaveras County wineries region!
3474 Toyon Circle
Valley Springs, CA 95252
Winemaker John Caracciolo says... "It's a privilege being an American wine maker". All wine lovers are welcome to join John at their Calaveras County winery.
He continues by saying... "It's you, me, and the barrels, when you visit Hello Wines; no snobbery allowed, period. Old Vine Zin, Temporarily, and Petite Syrah spoken here, yes indeed".
Friday 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
John says the varietals they offer include...
1894 6 Mile Rd.
Murphys, CA 95247
Nestled against the Sierra Foothills, in the heart of California’s scenic Gold Rush Country, Ironstone Vineyards surprises and delights you with a winery that places as much emphasis on the natural beauty and history of their surroundings.
Both rustic and elegant, its main features include a monumental 42-foot stone fireplace and historic oak bar.
There’s always something interesting happening at this Calaveras County winery - like complimentary tours and wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, silent movies, holiday brunches, concerts, and gold panning for children of all ages.
So when visiting let’s be sure to wind our way through The Heritage Museum and Jewelry Shoppe where fine jewelry and objects d’art are intertwined with a collection of gold rush treasures.
And of course we don’t want to miss seeing their magnificent 44-pound Crystalline Gold Leaf Specimen. They say it’s the largest in the world!
They are opened daily - 10:00am - 6:00pm
Winemaker, Steve Millier, says they offer varietals such as...
Liz W of San Francisco, CA says...
Love this place! Came here a few years back, pre-21 days, with my parents, and I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful landscaped grounds and winery.
It's filled with old mining artifacts, trees, gorgeous flowers, a lake, amphitheatre...just beautiful. I came back for their annual 4th of July fireworks show and the place was PACKED!
350 Main St.
Murphys, CA 95247
The downtown Murphys tasting room for the Twisted Oak Winery is located in the former home of Dr. Albert Michelson, the first American to earn a Nobel Prize in 1907.
A second tasting room is situated at the winery... with a tasting bar built of old wine barrels.
The winemaker of this Calaveras County winery, Scott Klann says... "We love making wines from Spanish and Rhone varieties, we are very serious about making great wine, but we don't take ourselves too seriously".
They’re opened Daily - 10:30am - 5:30pm
Twisted Oak Winery offers varietals such as...
Nathaniel A. of Lodi CA says...
When it comes to wine tasting, their barn in the rubber chicken forest is the best in the west! This is, by far, my favorite place to hide out in Calaveras County. The tasting room on Main Street is nice, but the real experience is the winery tasting room on the hill.
If you are in the area definitely check it out! The people are great, and they encourage you to have fun and enjoy yourself.
Their Tempranillo and Spaniard wines are the best!