Did you know you can experience a little slice of California Wine Country plus excellent craft beverage indulgences in Tuolumne County? If you are a wine connoisseur or just someone who loves enjoying a glass of award-winning wine, craft beer, or apple 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, breweries, and wineries.
The varietals of Tuolumne County and the surrounding region fit tastefully into the ranks of California wines. Great outdoor adventures complement your visit to boutique tasting rooms, where friendly ambiance is paired with unique, award-winning Sierra foothill varietals.
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 in Tuolumne County. 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. The tasting room is located in the scenic rolling foothills outside of Jamestown.
Inner Sanctum Cellars Winery & Tap Room at Basecamp: 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. The tasting room, tap room, and picnic grounds are located between Sonora and Columbia.
Hurst Ranch Depot: A wine tasting experience doesn't get more unique than indulging in some great wine in the railroad station from Clint Eastwood's movie, The Unforgiven, situated on-site. The site also happens to be where Grizzly Adams once lived! At Hurst Ranch 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 that produce a low-yielding and exceptionally high-quality grape.
Arthur Michael Vineyards and Winery: This family-owned boutique vineyard and winery, produces and serves excellent high-quality Cabernet, Barbera, Primitivo, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Sangiovese. The tasting room is located in Downtown Jamestown and the vineyard is located in the Sierra Foothills, below Table Mountain, five miles west of town.
"Hop" on the Tuolumne County craft beer scene. From long-established breweries to brand new establishments, each of Tuolumne County's craft breweries offer unique brews, atmospheres, and stories.
Around the Horn Brewing Company: The fun-spirited micro brewery makes something for everyone, including those who don't particularly care for beer. Their beers are always changing, so there's no getting bored there. Located on Highway 120 just a few minutes west of Groveland, it's a great stopping off point on the way to Yosemite National Park.
Bear Tent Brewing Company: The small batch brewery is located in historic Jamestown and is named after a tavern from 1853 that was located on the same property where the brewery stands today. Owned by two close friends, you'll feel like you're their friend too while enjoying their assortment of hand crafted beer. There's also a dog-friendly patio.
Sonora Brewing Company: Located in Historic Downtown Sonora, it was the first brewery in the Sonora city limits since 1907. They offer 12 delicious in-house brewed beers on tap, brewed weekly, plus an extensive dining menu.
Sonora Tap Room: The small tap room in Historic Downtown Sonora features 20 different beers on tap, a wide variety of cans and bottles, and a great selection of red and white wines in a relaxed, dog-friendly atmosphere.
If wine and beer aren't your thing, or even if they are, hard apple cider that is unique to Tuolumne County will take your breath away and ruin all other ciders for you.
Indigeny Reserve: This family-owned apple farm and cider distillery serves up delicious and refreshing organic hard apple cider, flavored vodkas, and apple brandy. The beautiful park-like setting offers picnic grounds, easy hiking trails, creek-side grassy areas, gift shop, and tasting room located on the outskirts of Sonora. The outdoor spaces are dog-friendly.
Thirsty adventurers, sign up for the Tuolumne County Craft Beverage Trail to find discounts at local wineries, breweries, and cider distillery and earn points toward prizes as you explore Tuolumne County. Check in at all nine businesses and receive a free branded t-shirt!