Warm days and cool nights create perfect conditions for growing wine grapes in Trinity County’s remote mountains and river valleys where vineyards dot the landscape and local wineries are producing a wide variety of award-winning wines.

Most of the vineyards are located in the valleys at elevations ranging from 1,400 to 2,200 feet. More than 200 acres of commercial grapes are grown here including Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Cabernet and Sangiovese.

Wines crafted here have earned California State Fair awards and placed well in several national and international wine competitions.

From the north Trinity Lake region to the valleys of Lewiston, Hayfork and Hyampom and downriver, a drive to visit any of the local wineries takes you through beautiful forests and rolling ranch lands. A trip to sample some very fine wines makes for a great summer or fall excursion and an awesome excuse to pack a picnic.

Some are open to visitors by appointment. Others maintain tasting rooms with regular hours and outdoor venues available for special occasions or group gatherings.

Trinity County wines can be purchased at Holiday Market and Mountain Marketplace in Weaverville, Wiley’s Market in Hayfork, the Trinity Center General Store and several locations in Redding. Many are also served in some of the North State’s finer dining establishments.

With tasting rooms:

*Alpen Cellars located near the north end of Trinity Lake is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day. Visits by appointment are available the rest of the year. Call 266-9513 or visit the Web site: www.alpencellars.com.

*Cavaletto Vineyard Estate on the Trinity River in Salyer offers a tasting room, winery and vineyard tours, and beautiful picnic grounds by appointment only, beginning in May of each year. Formerly known as Dogwood Winery, the estate also hosts special events, including vineyard dining and weddings. For more information, call 629-3750 or visit www.cavalettovineyardestate.com.

*One Maple Winery at 4271 Lewiston Road, Lewiston, maintains regular tasting room hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday from May through October. You can visit by appointment the remaining times of the year. The winery hosts various special events throughout the year. Call 778-0716. Web site: www.onemaplewinery.com.

Other wineries/vineyards:

*Curvy Roads Kegged Wines, 81 Horsewater Lane, Hayfork, CA 96041, 628-5463. Curvy Roads creates beautiful bubbly wines in downtown Hayfork next to the swinging bridge. Visits by appointment are always available and ... if the gates are open, come on in. Website: curvyroadswine.com; 628-5463; wine club.

*R. Merlo Estate Vineyards in Hyampom, 866-222-3313; website: www.rmerlo.com.

*Sumner Vineyards is producing Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris at its Oliva Vineyard in Hayfork with plans to expand to the family’s 195-acre Sky Meadow Ranch in the Douglas City area. For more information, call 844-430-4310 or visit the Web site: www.sumnervineyards.com, 628-0062; P.O. Box 1468, Hayfork, CA 96041.

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