Although the original settler may have been Joaquin Murrieta, the bandit who favored the water at the property’s artesian well, it was a French native whom recognized the land’s potential for amazing wine quality. Louis Mel bought the 92-acre property in 1883 and built a winery into the hillside adjacent to the well. The old stone winery building is a gorgeous example of early California architecture. Local timber and rustic concrete made from gravel gathered from the nearby Arroyo Mocho Creek were used in the construction.
Wine Wednesday takes a look at FӒSI - 2013 Malbec Reserva
FӒSI Winery in Madera County is putting out some great wines. While known for their Syrah this little gem comes from their vineyards in Argentina.