Calaveras County Winery
1894 Six Mile Road
|Phone #||(209) 728-2949|
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Brice Station Vintners
Irish Family Vineyards
Vina Moda Winery
Ironstone Vineyards Wine Tasting Tours, Hours & Prices:
Daily 10am - 5pm (until 6pm in summer)
Lunch and dinner at deli in tasting room.
Ironstone Vineyards Wine Tasting Notes
One mile outside downtown Murphys, on Six Mile Road.
The tasting room looks like a huge ski lodge with the decor of an old west mining town, not unlike that gift shop you end up in at the end of Disney's Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Once inside you'll see that the tasting bar is an antique, actually 100 years old from NYC. You may notice the various little antiques that adorn the walls... but you can't miss the forty-two foot tall stone fireplace dominating the room.
Ironstone is the sixth largest family winery in California, distributing to fifty-one countries. So this isn't the winery to get that small-town vibe you thought you'd get in Murphys. But this place is pretty cool, and we recommend a visit.
It's hard to tell from the side you approach from, but the building actually has seven floors! Down the stairs, one level down from the tasting room, is a banquet hall with a huge theatre pipe organ built in 1927 taking up one entire side of the room.
A guided tour is offered several times a day which will give you a great look at the facilities, (call for seasonal schedule). For example, you'll get a look at the bottling line, the caverns, the gardens, and lots of antique mining equipment. Ironstone also holds huge outdoor concerts throughout the summer with big names like Steely Dan, Willie Nelson, and Bonnie Raitt. There is a heli-pad on the property to get the stars in and out quick.
There is also a full service deli serving homemade sandwiches, hot plates, and desserts. There is ample seating inside the tasting room, or out on one of the patio decks overlooking the gardens.
In the building next to the tasting room there is the Heritage Museum, displaying many artifacts from the gold mining era, including a forty-four pound Crystalline Gold Leaf specimen, (the largest in the world).
The general tasting is free, ($2 per taste for a reserve tasting), and you try like twelve wines! The wines are decent at great prices. Look for the "Wine Of The Month" 25% off special.
It wouldn't be out of the question to plan to spend the better part of an afternoon at Ironstone to take in all it has to offer. Take the tour. Taste some wine. Eat lunch. Explore the gardens and museum... easily a few hours of fun.
In addition to the summer concerts, there are many other events regularly scheduled at the winery all year long. Cooking classes of all types, car shows, holiday balls, art shows, &c... so check the events calendar before you go.
Ironstone Vineyards Wines