There is no doubt California is known for its amazing wine country.
What you might not know is you can experience a little slice of California Wine Country right here in Tuolumne County. If you are a wine connoisseur or just someone who loves enjoying a glass of award-winning wine or cider after a hike in a breathtaking location, then you are in for a real treat. Whether you're exploring Yosemite National Park, Gold Country or the High Sierra, you will want to pencil in a stop at one or all of our area's wonderful tasting rooms and wineries.
Gianelli Vineyards: This family vineyard has a long history steeped in wine. The original owners had strong ties to Italy, and they created a little piece of Italy right here in Tuolumne County, California. As the winery and vineyards continue to thrive, the winemaker and owners continue to educate their fellow vintners and the public about the wonderful, expressive character of Italian varietals grown here in the Sierra Foothills. Tasting room located in the beautiful rolling foothills outside of Jamestown, CA.
Inner Sanctum Cellars: From the bountiful foothills of Tuolumne County comes a limited and premium wine. Inspired by the Gianelli Family, owners Karen and Pete ensure Inner Sanctum is driven by lasting friendships, deep family roots and the creation of remarkable wines. Tasting room and picnic grounds located between Sonora and Columbia.
Hurst Ranch: A wine tasting experience doesn't get more unique than indulging in the railroad station from Clint Eastwood's movie, The Unforgiven, situated on-site, which happens to be where Grizzly Adams once lived! At Hurst Ranch Supply in Jamestown, their grapes are all grown on-site where the vineyard gets a perfect balance of hot, bright sunshine, and the sustainable farming techniques produce a low-yielding and exceptionally high-quality grape.
Indigeny Reserve: There is something else we have been keeping secret - Cider Tasting! Indigeny Reserve is family-owned cider distillery that serves up a mean hard cider, flavored vodka and apple brandy. The family has created a beautiful park-like setting visitors to tour the orchard, enjoy a picnic, or stroll one of the half-mile hiking trails. Tasting room located in Sonora, CA.
Yosemite Cellars Over a decade ago, owners, Cheryl and Ron began a journey to grow wine grapes and produce wine from an untested area of the Sierra Foothills at 3000' elevation. Located in Groveland, California, Yosemite Cellars offers wines made exclusively from their estate vineyard located near the scenic grandeur of Yosemite National Park. Tasting available in Groveland, CA
The Independent Wine Co.: Mingle with the friendly local crowd at The Independent Wine Co., Downtown Sonora's small plate wine bar and shop. Guided by a unique point of view, the wines they offer are not just the standard Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Zinfandel—instead, they’re personal, speaking directly to the experiences and interests of the owners, father and son Eric and Gardner Davis.
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Ironstone Vineyards John Kautz started the legacy of Ironstone Vineyards back in 1948, with just 12 acres of grapes. That small plot eventually grew to over 5,000 acres and earned John the "2012 Grower of the Year" By the California Association of Winegrape Growers. Ironstone takes its name from the impossibly hard schist and limestone formations from which the winery's foundation and companion caverns were blasted and drilled. In 1989, the Kautz family assembled a crew of professional miners to blast, pick and shovel their way through the solid limestone and schist rock hillside of his wife Gail's family ranch in Murphys, California. Now Ironstone is one of the largest winery entertainment complexes in California.
Twisted Oak Winery Featuring award-winning wines made from Spanish and Rhone native varieties grown in Calaveras County. Winery and tasting room in Vallecito is open daily. Enjoy wines, vineyards, views. Not to mention the 300+-year-old California Blue Oak - "The" Twisted Oak, and the Rubber Chicken National Forest. Murphys tasting room is open daily.
If you are visiting Tuolumne County you won't want to miss our unique California wine and cider experience. Try one, or try them, we know you will not be disappointed.