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, with others being located in Valley Springs and Mokelume Hill.
Murphys is a unique wine tasting destination. There are well over a dozen wineries all within a short walking distance of each other in the charming Gold Rush town. 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.
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!
If you’re a golfer, you might want to play a round of golf at one of the gorgeous
Calaveras County Golf Courses.
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.
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.
Address: 432 Main Street, Murphys CA, 95247
Telephone: (209) 728-9922
Open daily noon-5
Red wines include Chardonnay and Viognier. Red wines include Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel. They also produce a sparkling wine and a red blend.
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.
Brice Station Vintners
Address: 3353 E. Hwy. 4, Murphys, CA 95247
Telephone: (209) 728-8805
Open Fri.-Sun. noon– 5 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 weekends 1 PM – 5 PM
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.
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: 431 Main St., Murphys, CA
Telephone: (209) 728-8318
Open Friday-Sunday Noon – 5 PM
Award-winning wines produced by Chiarella include Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvingnon, Syrah, and Barbera. This is a family winery owned and operated by Nathan and Carlyn Carella.
Address: 3210 Main Street, Vallecito, CA
Open Fri.-Sun. 11AM-5PM
Coppermine Winery specializes in producing Handcrafted Bordeaux Wines. Chocolate tasting is also available.
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 Fri.-Mon. 8AM – 5PM
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: 425 Main St., Murphys, CA
Open Fri.-Sun. 11 AM – 5 PM; Mon.-Thurs. Noon-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 Fri.-Sun. Noon – 5 PM; Mon.-Thurs. Noon-5PM (Weekends only during Winter Hours)
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 Fri.-Sun. 11 AM – 5 PM
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: 202 Main Street, Murphys
Open Fridays – Sundays and by appointment
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 daily 11 AM – 5 PM
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: 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.
AddressL 498 Main St, Murphys, CA 95247
Telephone: (209) 728-2314
Open weekdays noon-5PM; weekends noon-6PM
Enjoy estate grown wines. If you want to stay in a vineyard, they have a cottage that you can rent. They also have olive oils and balsamic vinegars for tasting and sales.
Address: 458A Main St., Murphys, CA 95247
Telephone: (209) 728-0638
Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM except they are closed on Tuesdays
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.
Address: 202 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.
Ten By Ten Wines
Address: 403 Main Street, Murphys, CA
Twisted Oak Winery
Address: 350 Main St., Murphys, CA 95247
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 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.
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!
In addition to Calaveras Wineries, there are great wineries in the Sierra Foothills in these areas as well:
Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties | Nevada County |Placer County
If you have visited any of these Calaveras County Wineries, please let us know how it went. Please leave a comment in the section below.