Yolo County Wineries - Meet The Winemaker & Savor Some of the Best Family-Owned Hand-Crafted Wines

Okay... ready to tour some Yolo County wineries?

We hear their wineries are as diverse as its land. Anchored by two large, pioneering wineries...

  • One - located in the dry, hot northwest part of the county; starting when they planted 10 acres of grapes as an experiment in 1980... now becoming California's 21st largest winery, and...

  • The other - sits in the southeast part, where the vines are cooled by the breezes of the Sacramento River Delta.

And in between... we’ll find another 12 or more wineries; all of them family owned.

Let's head to one of Yolo’s tasting rooms to sample some of the wines. We hear it's often at no charge.

Also... more often than not, the winemaker himself will be pouring, or maybe his dad or mom.

Of all the Yolo County wineries, according to Sacramento Wine Region, the following list offer complimentary tastings, picnic areas and tours

Now... even though the following Yolo County wineries claim to offer FREE wine tastings, picnic areas, and tours, it might be a good idea to call ahead and ask before going.

Afterall... things DO change.

Capay Valley Vineyards

13757 Highway 16
Brooks, CA 95606
(530) 796-4110


Capay Valley Vineyards - established in 1998 produces wines from their own grapes. Varietals were chosen to complement the climate and soils.

All vineyard tasks - pruning, shoot thinning, and harvesting are done by hand... and tailored to each variety. Harvesting is done at night to ensure that the fruit is cool to start the winemaking process.

They are opened Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 5:00pm
And Monday through Friday by appointment

Winemaker, Terri Strain, a well respected winemaker from Sonoma County, says this Yolo County winery offers the following varietals...

  • Cabernet - Cab Franc/Cab Sauv
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Late Harvest Viognier
  • Viognier
  • Shiraz / Syrah
  • Syrah Bottle Covered In Chocolate
  • Tempranillo
  • Viognier

Candace Y of Elk Grove, CA says...

The owners are nice, modest folks who know how to make good wines.

There's no snobbery or airs, here...just a friendly atmosphere and and a limited selection of varietals.

Carvalho Family Wines

35265 Willow Ave.
Clarksburg, CA 95612
(916) 744-1625


Carvalho Family Winery continues a winemaking tradition that started in the villages and vineyards of Portugal.

This Yolo County winery is an ultra-premium winery, with over 100 years of experience - creating hand-crafted premium wines.

The Carvalho family have dedicated themselves to the production of small-lot, and-crafted California wines using grapes from Clarksburg as well as other high-quality vineyards throughout California.

They are opened Wednesday through Sunday 11am to 5pm

Winemaker, John Carvalho, says they offer varietals like...

  • Barbera
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Charbono
  • Chardonnay
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Dry Rosé
  • Late Harvest Chenin Blanc
  • Muscat
  • Muscat Canelli
  • Old Vine Zinfandel
  • Our Boat Shed Red
  • Petite Sirah
  • Petite Sirah Port
  • Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris
  • Pinot Noir
  • Port
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Tempranillo
  • Tinta Madeira Port
  • Vintage Port
  • Viognier
  • Zinfandel

Heather K of Half Moon Bay, CA says...

Wonderful wines here! I have to admit, several years ago I wasn't really a fan.

Over the past couple years, they've really buckled down and improved their wines exponentially. They have a huge variety -- both whites and reds. I LOVE LOVE LOVE their Chardonnay so much!! It's one of my all-time favorites....and I am quite the Chard snob.

Satiety Winery & Café

40101 County Road, 25A
Woodland, CA 95776
(530) 661-0680


This Yolo County winery says... their wines and staff are uniquely enjoyable.

They are opened Monday through Friday 7am - 6pm And Saturday & Sunday 11am - 6pm

Winemaker, Sterling Chaykin, says they offer varietals like...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chenin Blanc
  • French Columbard
  • Muscat
  • Orange Muscat

Cherish R from Renton, WA tells us...

They're simple and quaint. Nothing fancy but neither are the prices. Must try the wine in progress.

Todd Taylor Wines

35265 Willow Ave,
Clarksburg, CA 95612
(916) 744-1120


The Yolo County wineries of Todd Taylor Wines are single vineyard designated wines.

Grapes - selected from vineyards - produce premium fruit for their specific varietals.

Wines are handmade using traditional methods and aged to perfection in oak wooden barrels that highlight the flavors of the specific grapes.

They’re opened Friday, Saturday & Sunday 11am to 5pm

Winemaker, Todd Taylor, says the varietals they offer include...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pinot Noir
  • Primitivo
  • Sangiovese
  • Shiraz / Syrah
  • Tempranillo
  • Zinfandel

Michelle S of Roseville, CA says...

Yesterday was our first time to the Old Sugar Mill, and I am soooo glad we tried Todd Taylor Wines! They had four wines available for tasting, and they were all delicious!

We ended up buying a delicious Tempranillo (it was described as "mouthwatering" on the tasting list, and that is exactly what it was!!) I can't wait to crack into it... then I'll have a reason to go back and buy more!

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