Introducing Fresh Press, a colorful, slightly messy, sometimes sticky month of entertaining and educational wine experiences.
Just beyond Sacramento or an hour from San Francisco – off the beaten path but closer than you think, the wineries you’ll visit for Fresh Press will showcase not only their newly crushed and possibly still fermenting 2021 vintage wines but also their current release wines. You will find outstanding familiar varietals such as Syrah, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as more unique varietals like Viognier, Malbec, Primitivo, Albarino as well as Sparkling Port to name a few.
In 1969, Dan Martinez, Sr., a first-generation farmer of Spanish immigrants, and Ernie Peninou, a winemaker and wine historian, partnered to create the first grapevine rootstock nursery in Yolo County that would become renown in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys and beyond. Yolo Hills Viticultural Society, now operating as Martinez Orchards, helped fuel the rapid growth of California’s wine industry from a few dozen wineries in the 1970s to the thousands that now exist.
Wine grapes are currently the third largest value crop in Yolo County. Our wine region is home to three AVAs (Capay Valley, Clarksburg, and Dunnigan Hills), as well as one pending (Winters Highlands). Each of our AVA’s has unique growing conditions and distinctive wines as a result. While there are multiple producers of Tempranillo, Petite Sirah, Malbec, Grenache and Syrah reds, as well as Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Albariño and Verdejo whites, no single grape or wine variety is grown by every producer in Yolo County.
Exploring Yolo County wines aligns to exploring the surrounding agricultural setting both in the countryside as well as in the cities within the county. A visit to Yolo County to taste wine is an experience that is rooted in agricultural history. A number of wineries in Yolo County are owned and operated by farming families who run a variety of other agricultural businesses.
California wine country definitely has its roots in Yolo County.
Days inherently become more magical just by sipping some wine, but imagine enjoying a glass while taking in a stunning vineyard view. If a panoramic view of rolling vineyards at sunset is your cup of vino, you’ll find plenty to ooh and ahh over at the picture-perfect wineries of Yolo County.
Get ready to sit back, relax and plan your next outing because we’ve rounded up a blog post of go-to views at scenic Yolo County vineyards where you may go to sip the wine, but you’ll stay for the glorious views and ambiance. Even better, most of the wineries listed here are included in the Yolo County Wine Tasting Pass, which offers you the opportunity to plan a wine tasting jaunt to either three or six wineries for a sweet price.
Yolo County is home to some amazing wineries and it’s a wine destination that’s somewhat of a hidden gem. If you’re looking to explore all of our wineries, you’ll need a few days or four (see our blog titled Sip & Stay & Eat).
But if you’re looking to spend a day sampling at some of the area’s most notable wineries, the Yolo County Wine Pass is a great place to start. This is your insider’s pass to six tasting rooms to get your sip on at the reduced price of $49. That’s right, only $49 to enjoy six distinct tasting flights at six unique venues valued at over $100 – or select the 3-winery tasting pass for only $25. The pass can be used any time within 6 months, so no need to rush. So, find your perfect sip, take your time and stay awhile.
Make sure to add these Yolo County wine events to your list!
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