On Nov. 12 and 13, the Madera Wine Trail will host its 14th Annual Westbrook Wine Farm Holiday Spirit Weekend. Visitors can travel to eight wineries and taste a wide variety of award-winning wines, enjoy live music, holiday gift shopping and indulge in gourmet food from local caterers and food trucks.
Wine Trail Weekend is the perfect time for visitors to experience Madera’s rich wine heritage and unique family wineries. Whether you’re new to wine or a connoisseur, there is something for everyone on the Wine Trail.
Wine is always a special gift for family and friends. Plan to taste and take home award-winning wines. Participating wineries will have a large selection of excellent wines to choose from and many will have special pricing on Holiday Spirit Weekend.
Westbrook Wine Farm (By Appt. Only Both Days)
Fasi Estate Winery
San Joaquin Wine Co.
Ficklin Vineyards (Open 11 am – 4 pm Both Days)
Idle Hour Winery
Toca Madera Winery
Visit www.MaderaWineTrail.com or scroll down for an updated list of activities happening at each winery including live music schedules, food and holiday activities.
Tickets $25 in advance through November 11 and $30 the weekend of the event. Tickets are available online, or at Toca Madera Winery, Fasi Estate Winery or San Joaquin Wine Company. A ticket includes a keepsake wine glass and is your pass to wine-tasting on the Trail all weekend long! Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.MaderaWineTrail.com
Fasi Estate Winery
To enhance the wine tasting experience of our guests, no large capacity tour buses (30+ person capacity) will be allowed at any participating winery for this event. The Madera Wine Trail encourages safe driving through the use of designated drivers, limousines and shuttles. Designated Drivers are free of charge and can pick up a VIP kit at their first stop on the Trail. Transportation recommendations can be found at http://www.MaderaWineTrail.com
What’s Happening at Each Winery:
Birstone Winery – 9400 Road 36, Madera
Join Birdstone Winery as we celebrate our 11 year anniversary. The 2016 Madera Wine Trail Wine Weekend experience at Birdstone Winery will include live music by “J.J. Brown” on Saturday and “Flemenco Sol” on Sunday. A delicious lunch will also be available from Chef Mazzoni throughout the weekend. Great food, music, award winning wines, and warm friendly people make Birdstone Winery a necessary stop on this wine trail adventure.
Fasi Estate Winery – 42415 Road 208, 3 miles north of Highway 145 just off Highway 41 on Road 208.
Come by Fäsi Estate Winery and enjoy three of our new release wines, paired perfectly for your holiday feasts! Looking for gift ideas? Look no further…our team is here to help you create the perfect gift just in time for the holiday season.
Our Wine Trail Weekend Menu will include:
2014 Syrah (New Release): Paired with hand carved turkey garnished with a cherry tomato.
2015 Syrah Rosé (New Release): Paired with warm cranberry and brie bites.
2014 Chardonnay (New Release): Paired with baked cinnamon apple slices.
San Joaquin Wine Company – 21821 Avenue 16, Madera
We’re getting ready for the holidays here at San Joaquin Wine Company and we can’t wait to share what we have in store for you during the Holiday Spirit Wine Trail! Our new releases will be the Moody Press 2015 Katelyn Rose and Moody Press 2013 Zinfandel. Get a head start on your holiday shopping and cooking needs with Scribble & Script modern calligraphy, Munch & Grub corn nuts and jerky, You Sweet Thing jellies and jams, Rosenthal Olive Ranch, Miners Mix seasonings, and more! We will have Gastro Grill on-site to keep your stomach happy while you sip and shop, and live music by Rhythm Review on Saturday from 12-3pm. As always, we will have a wide variety of our wines to pour and great discounts for attendees!
Toca Madera Winery – 36140 Avenue 9, Madera
Come visit us and enjoy hand-crafted, estate-bottled wines made under the watchful eye of our excellent winemaker, Shayne Vetter. Try our recently-released Temperanillo Reserve and our Grenache/Syrah/Mouvedre blend made from grapes pampered in our backyard vineyard. We will have music (including a solo performance by Marie Wilson on Sunday), food (including food truck wizards Gonzales Taqueria and Meltdown Bistro), Cuban cigars from Aldo, and various craftsmen selling their wares. Fun galore! Come join us!
Westbrook Wine Farm – By Appointment Only Both Days – 49610 House Ranch Road, O’Neal’s, (559) 868 -3499
Odds, Ends and Orphans. Without you, our loyal consumer and our cadre of conscientious winegrowers we could not be celebrating this, our 18th vintage. Over that time some things have changed. People move away, some pass away and others just go away. Likewise, our outside vineyard sources have changed over the years. Some became orchards, others are houses and some have just gone away. We will be pouring eight venerable wines from these “ghost vineyards” on both days or until they are depleted. Call or email now to confirm your reservation and time to taste what little of these wines we have left. Only 35 minutes from Madera or Fresno.
Ficklin Vineyards – Open 11 am – 4 pm both days – 30246 Avenue 7 1/2, Madera – details to be announced
Idle Hour Winery – 41139 Highway 41, Oakhurst – details to be announced
Papagni Wines – 9505 Road 30 1/2, Madera – details to be announced
Wineries that no longer participate in Wine Trail Weekend events include Sumner Peck Ranch Winery, Quady Winery and Chateau Lasgoity
A downloadable map and winery information can be found at www.MaderaWineTrail.com