Increasingly noted for its great Calaveras wineries, Calaveras County was made famous by Mark Twain in 1860 when he wrote the story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras”. Every year since 1928 the Calaveras Frog Jump is held in Angels Camp during the third week in May.
Since then, this area has become famous for its wines as well. Some of the finest wines in the world are produced here. Most Calaveras wineries are located in Murphys. In fact, there are close to 20 wine tasting rooms in downtown Murphys all within a short walking distance of each other. This charming Gold Rush town is a unique wine tasting destination. There are also great restaurants, places to stay, and unique shops to browse.
A wine tasting trip to Calaveras County is sure to be an enjoyable visit. Special wine tasting events occurring annually include Presidents’ Wine Weekend every February, Passport Weekend each June, the Calaveras Grape Stomp in October, and the Holiday Open House each December.
Where to Stay in Calaveras County
If you are looking for wonderful, unique wine country accommodations in Calaveras County, Dunbar House 1880 is a wine country bed and breakfast that we thoroughly enjoy. Located in the historic Gold Rush town of Murphys, it is surrounded by Calaveras wineries that are within easy walking distance. Spend some time in historic Calaveras County soaking up the beautiful scenery, exploring the Calaveras wineries, and sipping the delicious wines of this area. You won’t be disappointed!
Where to Eat in Calaveras County
While wine tasting at Calavera wineries, be sure to plan for lunch or dinner at
V Restaurant and Bar.This great wine country restaurant offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere. Be sure to call for reservations.
If you’re in the mood for delicious handcrafted ice cream, head to Jo Ma’s Artisan Ice Cream (386 Main Street, Murphys). Aria Bakery is the place to go for pastries, sandwiches, coffee, and teas. (458 Main Street, Murphys).
Address: 432 Main Street, Murphys CA, 95247
Telephone: (209) 728-9922
Open Monday-Thursday noon-5; Friday noon-6; Weekends 11-5.
Red wines include Chardonnay and Viognier. Red wines include Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel. They also produce a sparkling wine and a red blend. Located in the center of downtown Murphys.
Aloria Vineyards/Renner Winery
Address: 448 Main Street, Murphys, CA 95247
Telephone: (209) 728-2314
Open Monday-Thursday Noon-5; Friday -Sunday 11-5.
This tasting room is centrally located in downtown Murphys. They produce a variety of red, white, rose, and sparkling wines.
Address: 1690 Monge Range Rd., Douglas Flat
Telephone: (209) 728-8493
Open Fri.-Sat. noon-5PM
This winery is a limited production, artisan vineyard and winery. All of their wines are estate grown and produced. Wines include Rose, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, and Montepulciano.
Black Sheep Winery
Address: P.O. Box 1851, Murphys, CA 95247
221 Main St., Murphys, CA
Telephone: (209) 728-2157
Open daily 11-5
The wines produced by this Calaveras winery include Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Merlot, Shiraz, and Cabernet Franc.
Bodega de Sur Winery
Address: 457 So Algiers St., Murphys, CA
Telephone: (209) 728-9030
Open daily Noon – 5 PM
Wines include Tempranillo, Tenat, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a variety of blends.
Boyle MacDonald Wines
Address: 448 “B” Main St., Murphys, CA
Telephone: (707) 654-6058
Open Thursday-Saturday Noon – 6; Sun 11-4.
This tasting room is located on the 2nd floor above the Sierra Nevada Adventure Company in downtown Murphys. Wines include a dry rose, Sangiovese Bianco, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and some red blends.
Brice Station Vintners
Address: 3353 E. Hwy. 4, Murphys, CA 95247
Telephone: (209) 728-8805
Open Fri.-Sun. noon– 6 PM
*Weddings *Summer Concerts
This Calaveras winery produces Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Viognier, Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Vintage Port. Our favorite is the Cabernet Sauvignon. This unique tasting room was originally being built for use as a bomb shelter during the Cold War.
Broll Mountain Vineyards
Address: 454 Main St., Murphys, CA 95247
Telephone: (209) 728-9750
Open Sunday-Thursday 11-5; Friday-Saturday 11-6.
This Calaveras winery specializes in Merlot, Syrah, Roussanne, and Cabernet Sauvignon for your wine tasting pleasure. They also have a nice petite sirah/syrah blend called Sage.
Chatom Vineyards/School Street Winery
Address: 1969 Hwy. 4, Douglas Flat, CA 95229
Telephone: (209) 736-6500
Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM
Enjoy this family owned Calaveras winery that produces Syrah, Brunello, Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, as well as 6 Portugese varietals. Our favorite was the Zinfandel. This winery is owned by a woman and 90% of the employees are female. They produce a She-Red and a She-White, both are table wines and a percentage of the proceeds are donated to research heart disease and breast cancer.
Address: 3210 Main Street, Vallecito, CA
Open Fri.-Sun. 11AM-5PM
Coppermine Winery specializes in producing Handcrafted Bordeaux Wines. They offer tasting in a flight format. Artisan cheeses and fine charcuterie are also avaiable. All wines are aged in custom toasted French oak barrels. Wines include Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Sauvignon Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, as well as a few dessert wines. There’s lots to taste!
Domaine Becquet Winery
Address: 415 Main St., Murphys, CA
Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM
What wine does this winery NOT make? Their list of wine includes Primitivo, Rose, Chardonnay, Sangiovese, Claret, Carignane, Mouverdre, Cabernet Franc, Muscat,Cabernet Sauvignon, Mission, Port, and Petite Syrah.
Four Winds Cellars
Address: 219 Main Street, Murphys
Telephone: 209 736-4766
Open Thurs.-Mon. 11AM – 5PM
Four Winds red wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Merlot, Barbera, and Cabernet Franc. White wines include Viognier and Chardonnay.
Frog’s Tooth Winery
Address: 380 Main St., Murphys, CA
Telephone: (209) 728-2700
Open Sunday-Friday Noon-5; Saturday Noon-6.
Frog’s Tooth Winery has 67 Acres Specializing in: Petite Sirah, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache, Tempranillo, Meritage, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Fume’ Blanc, and Pinot Grigio.
Address: 419 C Main St.; Murphys, CA
Open Fri.-Sun. or by appointment
This small family owned winery specializes in unique, adventurous wines.
Address: 3425 Main St., Murphys, CA
Telephone: (209) 768-0844
Open Monday-Thursday Noon-5; Friday-Sunday 11-5.
Hatcher produces Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Cinsault, Tempranillo, and Cabernet Franc for you wine tasting pleasure. They also have a second label of wines called School Street.
Address: 350A Main Street, Murphys, CA
Telephone: 209-728-9999 or 728-9700
*Kid Friendly *Pet Friendly #Picnics
Open daily noon-5:30PM
Red wines at Hovey include Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Cineast, Petite Sirah, and Barbera. They also produce a rose, a sparkling wine, Chardonnay, and a blend.
Indian Rock Vineyards
Address: 1154 Pennsylvania Gulch Rd., Murphys, CA 95247
Telephone: (209) 728-8514
Open Thursday-Sunday Noon-5.
This Calaveras winery is located on an historic site settled long ago by the Miwok Indians. Wines include Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Zinfandel, Port, and Rose. Our favorite was the Port. There’s a pond with lots of fish and ducks.
Address: 2849 Hwy. 4, Vallecito, CA 95251
Telephone: (209) 728-1251
Open daily 10 AM – 5 PM (limited hours during Winter months)
Irish Vineyards has a second tasting room on Main Street in Murphys that open open Fridays through Sunday from 1-5PM
This Calaveras winery features Petite Sirah, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Malvasia, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Merlot available for tasting. We enjoyed all of the wines at this winery owned by a couple whose last name is Irish (and yes, they are Irish!)
Address: 1894 Six Mile Rd., Murphys, CA
Telephone: (209) 728-1251
Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM
*Picnics *Restaurant *Weddings *Summer Concerts
There are so many good things happening at Ironstone! The grounds are lovely. The impressive wine tasting room has a 42 foot stone fireplace. There’s a gourmet deli, the Heritage Museum, Jewelry Shoppe, Alhambra Pipe Organ, Culinary Exhibition Center, Outdoor Amphitheatre, and Wine Aging Caves. This is one of the Calaveras Wineries that is a popular wedding site as well. Our favorite wines at Ironstone are Symphony and Obsession.
Address: 380 Main St Ste 3, Murphys, CA
Open Fri.-Sun. Noon-5PM
Jazz Cellars specials in producing the best single varietal, single vineyard wines available, with a focus on Rhone-style wines, Zinfandel, and Pinot Noir. Visit their tasting room in historic Murphys.
Lavendar Ridge Vineyard
Address: 425 A Main St., Murphys, CA 95247
Telephone: (209) 728-2441
Open Sunday-Thursday 11-5; Friday-Saturday 11-6.
Lavender Ridge specializes in Rhone varietals and produces hand crafted, unfiltered wines in small quantities. Their wines include Viognier, Roussanne, Greanache, Rose, Grenache, Carignane, Mourvedre, and Syrah. This Calaveras County winery is located in downtown Murphys, a very short walking distance to many other wineries.
Address: 2949 Green Meadow Ct., Murphys
Open Fridays – Sundays 11-5.
Wines include Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Sirah. They also have a blend and a Dessert Zinfandel.
Address: 276 Main St., Murphys, CA 95247
Telephone: (209) 728-1658
Open Sunday-Thursday 11-5; Friday-Saturday 11-5:30.
They produce around 2,500 cases of wine annually. The specialize in small lots of wine made entirely from Sierra Foothills vineyards. Wines include: Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah, White Zinfandel, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Port, and Zinfandel Port.
Address: 419 “B” Main St., Murphys, CA
Telephone: (209) 813-7220
Open Friday-Saturday Noon-7; Sunday-Monday Noon-5.
Mineral Wines produces a wide variety of wines. This includes Viognier, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Meritage, Tempranillo, Zinfandel, Syrah, and Petite Sirah. Their wines are grown and produced in Calaveras County.
Address: 403 Main St., Murphys, CA 95247
Telephone: (209) 728-9817
Open Mon-Thurs from 12pm – 5pm; Fri-Sun from 11am – 5:30pm
This is a small Calaveras winery committed to using only premium grapes and producing small quantities of excellent wine. The tasting room is located in downtown Murphys. Wines include Meritage, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc. Our favorite is the Meritage and the Zinfandel.
Address: 772 Appaloosa Rd., Angels Camp, CA
Telephone: (209) 736-9361
Open weekends Noon-5.
Prospect 772 specializes in producing high quality Rhone blends. They are conveniently located just off of Highway 4 outside of Angels Camp.
Address: 458A Main St., Murphys, CA 95247
Telephone: (209) 728-3485
Open Wednesday-Monday 11-5.
This Calaveras winery established in 1973 has earned a reputation for producing high quality wines. Their wines include: Chardonnay, Orange Muscat, Cabernet Savignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Merlot, and Tempranillo. You can also taste wine at their winery on weekends 11-5: 2849 Batten Rd., Vallecito, CA.
Address: 435 Main St., Murphys, CA
Telephone: (209) 728-8229
Open M-F 12-5PM, SAT 11AM-6PM, SUN 11AM-5:30PM
Tanner Vineyards produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane, Barbera, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Vermentino, Viognier, Rosé and several blends.
Twisted Oak Winery
Address: 363 Main St., Murphys, CA 95247
Telephone: (209) 728-3000.
Open Monday-Thursday 11:30-4:30, Fri. 11:30-5:30, Weekends 10:30-5:30
They have a second wine tasting room at their winery: 4280 Red Hill Road in Vallecito that has the same hours of operation. They have a large number of varietals including: Syrah, Verdelho, Viognier, Petite Sirah, Marsanne, Rosado, Syrah, and Tempranillo. Many wineries have a winery dog. The wine tasting has a cat that loves all the attention of the wine drinkers who visit. As you tour Calaveras wineries, make Twisted Oak Winery a stop.
Val Du Vino
Address: 634 French Gulch Rd., Murphys, CA
Telephone: (209) 728-9911
Open daily 11-5 PM
Red wines include Sangiovese, Barbera, Zinfandel, Syrah, and Petite Sirah. They also produce a Viognier. They have a three-bedroom vacation home for rent.
Address: 192 Appaloosa Way, Angels Camp
Telephone: (209) 740-0382
Open by appointment or Fri.-Sat. 1-5PM.
Vino Metate produces wines that reflect their Spanish heritages. Wines include Tempranillo, Graciano, Monastrell, and Albarino Barrica.
Zucca Mountain Vineyards
Address: 425 E. Main St., Murphys, CA 95247
Telephone: (209) 728-1623
Open daily noon – 5 PM
Zucca Mountain is a small boutique winery producing quality wines. They have the only 3 story tasting room in town. You step down into a cave room for a unique wine tasting atmosphere. If you go on the weekend, you may be served by the owners/winemakers themselves. This is a family venture producing Merlot, Zinfandel, Barbera, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Sangiovese, Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Our favorites are the Barbera and Syrah. One of the most unique Calaveras Wineries!
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