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Don’t confuse Sonora with Sonoma near Napa Valley, but the Mother Lode is home to award-winning wines. Many are highly acclaimed by wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts nationwide. The flavor is influenced by a climate and soil chemistry are similar to the Napa and Bordeaux regions with long and warm summer days and cool nights.


Mother Lode vineyards are nestled in the peaceful surroundings of the Sierra Foothills. At several vineyards you can sip on wine as you take in the sweeping splendor of the view of the rolling hills accented with lava rocks.

If you are looking for something to eat, visit our Dining Guide with reviews and menus of local restaurants.

Black Sheep Winery

221 Main St.
Murphys, CA 95247
(209) 728-2157

Black Sheep Winery opened in 1984, featuring small releases of wine handcrafted from high quality grapes grown in Calaveras, and Amador Counties. Tasting Room located at 221 Main Street, Murphys, near Alchemy is Open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

Bodega del Sur Winery

457 S. Algiers St.
Murphys, CA 95247

Bodega del Sur is a family venture producing premium quality wines from the best quality grapes, mostly from Calaveras County. The tasting room features their wine and Cocuchas- large ceramic jars made exclusively in the remote Purepecha Indian village of Cocucho, Mexico.

Brice Station Winery

3353 E. Highway 4
Murphys, CA 95247

Guided by sustainable agricultural methods, Brice Station is the highest vineyard at 3,300 ft. Visit the tasting room, the Quyle pottery shop, vineyards, and an assortment of sheep, geese, horses, and llamas. If you look around you will also discover several antique printing presses, as well as a blacksmith shop where Paul Quyle teaches one Saturday a month.

The tasting room is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. and by appointment (209) 728-9893. Quyle Kilns is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed Tuesday.

Broll Mountain Vineyards

106 Main St.
Murphys, CA 95247
(209) 728-9750

Broll Mountain Vineyards produces estate bottled Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from their Murphys vineyards. The tasting room is open 1 to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays and weekdays by appointment.

Boitano Family Wines

Jones Street and Highway 4
Murphys, CA 95247
(209) 728-8236 (Phone & Fax)
(209) 286-1595 (Weekday Office)

Specializing in Italian varietals, Boitano offers Barbera, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Port, Trebbiano (Italian breakfast wine), Raspberry & Almond sparkling wines. The tasting room is open from noon to 5 p.m. on weekends.

Brice Station

3353 E. Highway 4
Murphys, CA 95247 (four miles east of Murphys)
(209) 728-9893

Brice Station was a busy stage stop frequented by visitors traveling to the Calaveras Big Trees. One hundred years later Brice Station is home to a vineyard, tasting room and fifty-year-old pottery shop where travelers can still rest and be refreshed with a glass of award-winning wine. Open noon to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, some Mondays and by appointment.

Chatom Vineyard

1969 Hwy. 4 Douglas Flat
Mailing: PO Box 2730
Murphys, CA 95247
(209) 736-6500

Located in the Esmeralda Valley in Calaveras County, the vineyard boasts 14 varietals of grapes planted on 65 acres including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, Brunello Sangiovese and six Portuguese varietals. The Tasting Room open from 11am to 5pm.

Chiarella Wines

1211 S. Main St.
Angels Camp, 736-1193

Open noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Chiarella Wines is a family owned and operated winery nestled in the Sierra Foothills of Calaveras County, and features hand-crafted wines by Nathan and Carlyn Carella. Every bottle is a work of art.

Domaine Becquet

2173 Highway 12 E. (Highway 12 & Double Springs Road)
Valley Springs CA 95252
(209) 772-1303

Besides Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese, Domaine Becquet produces olive oil and honey in the tradition of Provence.

Frog’s Tooth Winery

380 Main St., Suite 5
Murphys, CA 95247
(209) 728-2700

Open 1-5 p.m. Friday 11-5 Saturday and Sunday. Specialties include Pinot Grigio, Fume Blanc, Meritage, Tempranillo, Petite Sirah and Grenache.

French Hill Winery

8032 S. Main St. (South Main & Highway 26)
Mokelumne Hill CA 95245
(209) 286-1800

French Hill is a boutique winery featuring Zinfandel, Barbera, Syrah, Merlot, Sangiovese, Chardonnay, and Port.

Irish Vineyards

2849 Highway 4
Vallecito, CA, 95251
(209) 736-1299

Irish Vineyards is family owned and operated. Only small lots of the finest, most flavorful grapes are used, blended to perfection. The 1867 historical home adds to the ambiance and charm of the winery.

Iron Rock Vineyards

1154 Pennsylvania Gulch Road
Murphys, CA 95247
(209) 728-8514

The Bauer Family owns this 40 acres of prime vineyard land with premium vines, including 14 different varietals, making it one the most diverse vineyards in the area. Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and dry Rose’ are available for tasting and purchase.

Ironstone Vineyards

1894 Six Mile Road
Murphys, CA 95247
(209) 728-1251

The Sierra Foothill’s premier winery and entertainment complex offers complimentary tours and wine tasting. Tours feature an aging cavern, landscaped gardens and an amphitheater. For more information visit Ironstone Vineyards in the destination guide.

Four Winds Cellars

Tasting Room
PO Box 294
3675 Six Mile Road
Vallecito, CA 95251
(209) 736-4766

Located in the Sierra Foothills in the heart of California’s Gold Country, Four Winds Cellars originally began as Laraine Winery, a small, family-owned vineyard established in 1998. The winery, which was as distinctive as it was celebrated, earned the reputation for being uncompromisingly unique in its endeavor to produce some of the finest, hand-crafted wines in the region.

Lavender Ridge Vineyard

431 B Main St.
Murphys, CA 95247
(209) 728-2441

Lavender Ridge Vineyard specializes solely in Rhone varietal wines from Calaveras County and the Sierra Foothills. Also enjoy organic olive oil and lavender bouquets from the Lavender Ridge estate.

Malvadino Vineyards

457C Algiers St.
Murphys, CA 95247
(209) 728-9030

A family owned and operated winery specializing in small lots of premium wines from surrounding area vineyards.

Milliaire Winery

276 Main St.
Murphys, CA 95247
(209) 728-1658

Located in the heart of historic Murphys. A unique winery dedicated to a very limited production of premium Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel.

Mt Brow Winery

10850 Mt Brow Rd.
Mailing: P O Box 220
Columbia, CA 95310
(209) 532-8491

Mt Brow Winery is a family owned and operated winery right here in Tuolumne County. Sangiovese, Merlot and Zinfandel varietals are grown there but other wines are available. The wonderful tasting room is on site. Enjoy free wine tasting or come out have a pleasant picnic with your family.

Muir-Hanna Vineyards

36 S. Washington
Sonora, CA 95370
(209) 532-WINE

Tasting room featuring wines from Muir-Hanna and photographs from the John Muir archives and staffers knowledgeable in both Muirana and oenology make this a hit with historians and wine fans alike! The Chardonnay is a full bodied wine. It is a very food friendly wine with a fruit-forward finish.

Newsome-Harlow Wines

403 Main St.
Murphys, CA 95247
(209) 728-9817

Newsome-Harlow is undeterred in our goal of blending science, experience and art, much like the best of wines.

Stevenot Winery

2690 San Domingo Road (Winery)
458 Main St. (Store)
Murphys CA 95257
(209) 728-3436
(209) 728-0638 (Tasting room)

Exceptional Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, and the premium Gabriel wines are highly acclaimed by wine writers and enthusiasts nationwide. The tasting room at the winery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, while the downtown store, “Stevenot & Main,” You can also purchase tickets here to Murphys Creek Theatre shows (link to theatre section)

Twisted Oak Winery

Location: Red Hill Road at Highway 4
4280 Red Hill Road
Mailing: P.O. Box 2385
Murphys, CA 95247
(209) 736-9080

Twisted Oak Winery is a vineyard with a wry sense of humor. You can sample their wines like Syrah, Tempranillo, and Viognier the the Wisteria House Tasting Room open Thursday thru Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Murphys. 350 Main, with a white picket fence. Picknickers welcome! Facilities available for small to medium-sized events, see our events page for more information.

Zucca Mountain Vineyards

425 E. Main St.
Murphys CA 95257
(209) 728-9911
vinamodawinery@gmail.com e-mail

Take the time to visit Zucca’s grotto-like cellar below a historic building and taste the winery’s Barbera, Sangiovese, Syrah and other delicious wines. The family winery and vineyards are located near New Melones Lake, which produces cooling breezes for premium wine grapes. The tasting room is open from noon to 5 p.m. daily and by appointment.

These are just a few of many wineries in the area. Go here for the complete list in our yellow pages.