Tasting Room Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11:30am to 8:30pm.
Why go: Good wines at moderate prices, convenient location.
The Berryessa Gap Vineyards tasting room is a neat and cozy storefront located in historic downtown Winters in Northern California’s Yolo County nut tree country, roughly midway between Napa and Sacramento at the eastern base of the Vaca Mountains. Yolo County is experiencing rapid growth in vineyard planting and some very good wines are being produced in the area.
Berryessa Gap Vineyards sources wine grapes from its own Coble Ranch vineyards. Sturdy rootstock developed by the owners produces a wine range of wines (click here to see all their current releases). The tasting room offers a great deal – $5 for a tasting of five wines. There are fourteen wines on the tasting menu to choose from, though a couple were sold out and not available during my visit.
On my last visit, I tasted two white wines – 2015 Sauvignon Blanc ($23) and 2015 Chardonnay ($23). I liked both and consider them good warm weather sipping wines. Two nice reds stood out – the 2013 Zinfandel Reserve ($40) and 2013 Coble Ranch ($32), a propriety blend of Malbec and Zinfandel.
A second tasting room is located at the winery outside town: 27260 Hwy. 128, Winters, CA 95694. Walk-in tastings are Thursday and Friday from noon to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday noon to 6pm. For winery tours, call (530) 795-3345.
While in Winters, stop by Buckhorn Steakhouse for a family style meal and a great bar (try the chocolate martini after dinner – tastes like a Milky Way candy bar with a kick) or Putah Creek Cafe & Bakery for lighter fare and excellent sweets. I’ve dined at both and have never been disappointed. Both are located on the same corner as the Berryessa Gap tasting room.