Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Madera, CA: Meet the Winemaker Weekend

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The Madera Wine Trail is gearing up for their next weekend event on May 12 and 13, and it’s just in time for Mother’s Day.

Located in Madera County, CA, at the base of the Sierra Nevadas, the Madera Wine Trail is home to a dozen wineries, and is accepted as one of the oldest grape growing regions in America.

The annual Meet the Winemaker Weekend is a popular annual event along the trail as wine-lovers can not only sample their favorite wines or find a new favorite, but also talk with those responsible for making that wine.

“One of the great benefits of the Madera Wine Trail is that the small nature of the wineries is guests can enjoy the wine in a more intimate setting and hear from the winemakers themselves about the processes, and the passion, that went in to a particular wine. It helps them develop a much deeper appreciation of the wine they are sampling,” said Jarrod Lyman with the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau.

In the late 1800’s, settlers came to Madera bringing their old world winemaking expertise from such countries as Italy, Armenia, France and others. Before the turn of the century, Madera County was host to two wineries that shipped wines bearing the Madera label to many parts of the world. Madera County has long been known for producing world-renown dessert wines and ports. It's microclimate is bounded and cooled by the San Joaquin River on the southwest and the Sierra Nevada Mountains on the east. Warm summer temperatures and varied soil types in Madera County provide a foundation for the full development of the grapes. Recognizing these distinctive characteristics, Madera was designated an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 1985.

Guests visiting the Madera Wine Trail can enjoy the benefits of the region’s rich history, knowledgeable hosts and tasting rooms that are still small enough that you can visit with the winemakers themselves. Along the Madera Wine Trail, visitors can experience old world techniques and state-of-the-art technology in the same day. Madera County winemakers celebrate each other’s unique wine and winery styles and so can you!

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The timing of the Meet the Winemaker Weekend makes it a perfect gift for mothers who enjoy wine. Many of the wineries also bring in chefs showcasing local cuisine as well as local artists and musicians to add a festive atmosphere to the weekend.

Tickets cost $25 and include a commemorative Madera Wine Trail Glass and tastings at all the participating wineries along the trail. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.MaderaWineTrail.com.

For more information, contact...

Madera Vintners Association
P.O. Box 697
Madera, CA 93639
Tel: 800.613.0709

For local accommodations and reservations, contact...

Elevation Travel
(877) 294-3918


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