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Ciderworks and Wineries

Indigeny Reserve is one of our newest and successful ventures here in Tuolumne County. Indigeny Reserve is a lush 160-acre preserve and apple orchard set in the breathtaking hills of Sonora, CA. Indigeny makes hand-crafted hard cider and organic apple brandy in oak barrels. Indigeny is open to visitors seven days a week. Bring a picnic and have lunch surrounded by apple orchards. Indigeny is located at 14679 Summers Lane, Sonora, and their hours are Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They can be reached for more information at (209) 533-9463.

Wineries & Vineyards

Tuolumne County is in the southern portion of the Sierra Foothills viticulture region. Vineyards are found from 1,000 to 4,000 feet in elevation. Most commercial vineyards are planted in red varietals. However, some whites can be found.

The success of growing grapes in Tuolumne County is due to the similarities of soil and climate to that of Spain and Italy. The growing season consists of warm to hot daytime temperatures with cooling nights. The rocky and red soil challenges the vines to work hard to nurture precious fruit, and the production of high quality fruit for the making of premium wines that are winning awards in competitions statewide.

There are several commercial vineyards in Tuolumne County. They are as follows:

Hurst Ranch Reds
Highway 108, Jamestown

Zuni Vineyards
Yosemite Road, Sonora

La Bella Rosa Vineyards
Old Wards Ferry Road, Sonora

Gianelli Vineyards
Algerine Road, Sonora

Griffin Vineyards
Potato Ranch Road, Sonora

Oaks Family Vineyard
Avenida Del Sol, Sonora

Ponsanarosa Vineyard
Curtis Creek Ranch, Sonora

Rodefer Vineyards
Springfield Road, Columbia

Rossini Family Vineyards
Groveland

Yosemite Cellars
Punch Bowl Road, Groveland

Varietals include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Syrah, Sangiovese, Grenache, Chardonnay, Vermentino and Tempranillo.

There are currently four tasting rooms in Tuolumne County.

Inner Sanctum Cellars has a tasting room and patio in downtown Jamestown, which is open during the summer as follows: Thursday: noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday: noon to 7 p.m., Sunday: noon to 5 p.m., and holiday Mondays: noon to 5 p.m. Their winter hours are Friday and Saturday: noon to 7 p.m., Sunday: noon to 5 p.m., and holiday Mondays: noon to 5 p.m. Call (800) 750-5919 for more information.

Gianelli Vineyards has a tasting room in downtown Jamestown, which is open during the following hours: Monday through Thursday: 1 to 5 p.m., Friday: 1 to 6 p.m., Saturday: noon to 6 p.m., and Sunday: noon to 5 p.m. Call (209) 984-1500 for more information.

Hurst Ranch Reds has a tasting room on Highway 108 just outside of Jamestown, which is open Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (209) 984-3016 for more information.

La Bella Rosa Vineyard’s tasting room/gift boutique is located on 72 N. Washington Street in downtown Sonora and is open Thursday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (209) 533-9968 for more information.

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