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Oakstone Winery

Oakstone Winery Oakstone Winery celebrated its grand opening in March of 1997, and is the culmination of twenty-five years of preparation by its owners, John and Susan Smith. The winery is located in the in the new Fair Play American Viticultural Area, where rolling hillsides emphasize the warm days and cool nights that produce grapes and wines of unusual intensity. The 2500-foot elevation of Fair Play combines with deep, rich decomposed granite soils to add strength and complexity to the wines. Featured wines are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Meritage, all from the estate ‘De Cascabel’ vineyard, along with an outstanding chardonnay from the Sangiacomo Vineyard in the Carneros region. Additional wines include Viognier, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Syrah and a selection of varietal Ports. Slug Gulch Red, a non-vintage, very affordable red table wine, has achieved cult status with customers who have consistently found it to be the “best mediocre red wine” in the area. Small lots of specialty wines are made each year in response to the annual variations in weather and grape crop from the eighteen acres of estate grapes, and serve as a reward wine for visitors who make the trip up to Slug Gulch Road.. Most of the wine is sold from the tasting room, with retail distribution limited to the Highway 50 corridor between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. The tasting room is surrounded by the elegant, mature estate vines, and features a tasting bar formed from a solid oak slab, with a viewing window into the barrel room that allows guests to contemplate future vintages slumbering in the barrels as they taste the current releases. The name Oakstone was originally coined to reflect the grinding rocks on the property that were used in past centuries by Native Americans (primarily the Miwoks) to grind live oak acorns into edible meal. When the property adjoining the original vineyard was purchased to create the winery grounds, the owners discovered a black oak tree that had grown out a huge granite grinding rock, fracturing it and creating crevices large enough to walk through. It serves today as both a monument to the people who originally owned this land, and as a picturesque, shaded picnic ground. The tasting room is open from 11 am to 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday.

Take 205 North(East) toward Sacramento, which becomes Interstate 5. Continue north on I 5 until you reach the exit marked "4 East to 99." This is the Cross-town Freeway. Don’t exit at Charter Way, even though it represents Route 4 west from Stockton (dyslexics of the world, untie!). Stay right for a while, then begin moving left to exit on 99 north. Travel north on 99 one mile, then exit to the right on 88 East (Waterloo Road). Pass through Waterloo and proceed to Lockeford. It’s just a couple of miles to the next town of Clements and about 1.5 miles beyond it is a left turn where 88 separates from 12. Sign Says: "Ione, Jackson, Lake Tahoe". Turn left and drive 11.8 miles to the junction of 88 and 124. Sign Says: "Ione, Placerville." Turn left onto 124. When you reach Ione about a mile later, turn left once and right twice to stay on 124, where the final sign says "Plymouth, Placerville." Follow 124 till it ends against 49 and 16 (about eight more miles).

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6470 Irish Acres Road, Fair Play, CA, US, 95684 Email:
Phone: 530-620-5303 Web:
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  2001 Estate De Cascabel Merlot
  2001 Estate Meritage
  2001 Meritage Port , Founding Winemaker's Reserve
  2002 Estate De Cascabel Merlot
  2002 Petite Sirah, Three Field
  2002 Reserve Barbera, Naylor Vineyard
  2002 Sangiacomo Chardonnay
  2003 El Dorado Apple Wine
  Cabernet Sauvignon (Estate De Cascabel Vineyard)
  Cabernet Sauvignon Port
  Late Harvest Zinfandel, Murrill Vineyard
  Murrill Vineyard Sangiovese
  Muscat Canelli
  Petite Sirah
  Pinot Grigio, Estate Lemley Ranch
  Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, O'Brien Vineyard
  Reserve Zinfandel Estate Paso Vista Vineyard
  Slug Gulch Red
  Syrah, Boa Vista Vineyard
  Viognier, Estate Mother Vine Ranch


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