Each year, tourists visit wine regions throughout California to explore the state's more than 3,000 wineries. In addition to the wineries themselves and the various wine trails through out the state there is an array of cultural attractions. Gardens, art museums, great seasonal cuisine, artisan foods to natural hot springs, spa treatments, beaches, redwood groves, golf, and boutique shopping. California's Wine Trails offers travelers many options to enjoy while visiting California's wineries and the number of options can make it a challenge for many. Not only are there thousands of wineries to choose but so many varietals to choose and wineries large and small. With more than 60,000 registered wine labels in California it can be a challenge to narrow the field down to the exact wine, or winery you are looking for. With so much to choose from many wonder where to begin enjoying the wines and wineries of California beyond the grocery store shelf. While visiting a number of wineries and events local to these wineries, we have found it amazing just how many of the wineries are not even on the radar of many of the locals. Younger wineries have been developing their wine-making skills and some very nice wines are coming out of areas many people are just simply unaware of. Not all wine makers have their own vineyards and chateau. These little gems as well as the better-known wineries are what we endeavor to share with those who visit www.cacorks.com.
Learn about the wine-making history behind Lodi Wines, Santa Cruz wines, Livermore wineries and more. Napa and Sonoma have attracted the attention of wine enthusiast’s from all over the world for years and we are please to address the wineries of Napa and Sonoma. Yet, other wine producing areas such as Amador, Monterey, Livermore, Lodi, Shasta Cascade and boutique wineries that are popping up in some of the least likely places you would look. Our goal is to help make it easy to find that perfect bottle or little winery you seek amongst California's wineries.
Livermore Wines and Wineries
Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes in the Livermore Valley in the 1760s. In the 1840s, California pioneers looking for outstanding vineyard sites began planting grapes in the region. Robert Livermore planted the first commercial vines in the 1840s. Other pioneer winemakers such as C. H. Wente, James Concannon, and Charles Wetmore also recognized the area’s wine-growing potential and founded their wineries as far back as the early 1880s.
Livermore Valley captured America’s first international gold medal for wine in at the Paris Exposition in 1889, putting California on the world wine map. Livermore Valley wineries were the first to bottle varietal wines labeled Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Petite Syrah. Nearly 80% of California’s Chardonnay vines can trace their genetic roots to a Livermore Valley clone.
Santa Cruz Wines and Wineries
The Santa Cruz Mountains region is one of the first areas of California to be developed for the commercial production of wine. The early pioneers were truly remarkable characters – visionaries and adventurers all. Like the mountains themselves, these early vintners were larger than life. John Burns, John and George Jarvis, Charles Lefranc, John Stewart, and Paul Masson were some of the early settlers. Each of these remarkable men contributed significantly to the industry of the region and to the rich history of California wine.
Sonoma Wine Country
Located just 45 minutes north of San Francisco is Sonoma. This area of Northern California is renowned for over 400 wineries, more than 100 organic farms and more such as 50 miles of beautiful rugged Pacific Coast. However, Sonoma Wine Country is not limited to world-class wines. In Sonoma you will find ancient redwood forests, secluded ocean coves, a land of agricultural bounty and real small towns with independent thinkers who express themselves via art galleries, small shops and farm-to-table restaurants. Sonoma County stretches from the Pacific Coast to the Mayacamas Mountains to the east of the cost. Sonoma is home to almost 60,000 acres of vineyards and more than 400 wineries Within its borders are 16 AVA’s each with its own distinctive characteristics and terroir. Sonoma wine country provide a host of entertainment friends and family to visit. Top wines and wineries, spas and resorts, Inns and romantic bed and breakfast. Hike through a park, paddle down the Russian River in a canoe, or perhaps learn the art of blending wines.
Lodi Wines and Wineries
The Lodi region has been growing grapes since the 1850’s, but hasn’t always been viewed as a wine country destination like Napa Valley or Sonoma. However, Lodi is getting more attention, and good review for its Zinfandel and Lodi vineyards gained increasing interest and respect. Many of the wineries welcome visitors. There are five major wineries in the area - Robert Mondavi Woodbridge, Sutter Homes Winery, Bear Creek Winery, Oak Ridge Vineyards, and Turner Road Vintners. In addition there are also dozens of small boutique wineries like Michael-David Vineyards, Peirano Estate, and Century Oak Winery to name a few. These smaller wineries can offer an intimate and casual experience where the winemaker might be the gentleman pouring your wine in the tasting room
Lodi Wine Country is situated between the San Francisco Bay Area and the Foothills of Sierra Nevada. Here you will enjoy a classic Mediterranean climate featuring warm days and cool pleasant evenings. You will discover wineries large and small, brand new and decades old. In Lodi you have an excellent chance that you will step into a wine tasting room and sip wine with the winemaker of the wine in your glass. Some of Lodi’s winemakers are fifth generation Lodi grape growers.
However, it does not stop there. There are a lot of other things to enjoy along California's Wine Trails and regions, and California Corks hopes we can be a part of your discovering great little Bed-N-Breakfast's, restaurants and other enjoyable things to do and see while visiting California’s wineries up and down the state.
Using our California wine directory you will quickly be able to sort through wineries by region and/or type of wine, you will even find some wineries that are “dog friendly”, offer their winery for that perfect wedding or special events. If you already know exactly what wine or winery you are looking for, enter the information in the search box to find the listing. Currently California Corks has more than 2,000 wineries listed in our directory and adding all the time. Not all offer tours or allow visitors. If you know of a winery that is not listed here please let us know. Our goal is to make this www.cacorks.com the definitive source for California wine information.
Thanks for dropping by and we hope you will soon be popping a few California Corks of your own!