Our Top Tips for President’s Wine Weekend

With many new surprises in store, you’re going to have a great time at the 23rd annual Presidents Wine Weekend, even if you prefer to wing it. But if you really want to get the most out of the 2019 Presidents Wine Weekend, we recommend you begin strategically, with your free guide below. 

2019 Presidents Wine Weekend Dates11:00 am to 5:00 pm; Sat and Sun Feb 16th-17th; Kick-off Event Fri Feb. 15th (Details below)

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Commemorative Presidents Wine Weekend glasses and wristbands.

Scope out special Presidents Wine Weekend events, add-ons, and perks for the designated drivers among you, as well as  free opportunities to tailor your weekend to your unique preferences. Purchase tickets in advance and voila, you have one epic wine tasting weekend. This popular annual event sells out every year, so make sure to book NOW.

Prefer not to drive? In town Saturday? Give your designated driver a break by taking advantage of the new Saturday Hopper schedule, this Presidents Wine Weekend. With super affordable ticket prices and numerous convenient pick-up/drop-off locations close to the heart of the action, you can save time and money every time you hop on. Saturday Hopper locations include Angels Camp WorldMark by Wyndham, the Calaveras Visitor Center in historic downtown Angels Camp, Arnold Big Trees Market, Murphys historic downtown Murphys Creek Theater and the San Andreas post office (and MORE). For additional details, check out the Saturday Hopper schedule here. Happy travels!

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Calaveras wine tasting picnic I Courtesy of Instagrammer @tinastastes

1. Presidents Wine Weekend – Ready, Set, Go!

President’s Wine Weekend is an opportunity for wine lovers to taste their way through Calaveras County by purchasing a $25 commemorative glass and visiting over 24 participating wineries and tasting rooms while enjoying free limited-tasting flights of award winning wines and exciting varietals offered by the best of Calaveras County’s wine community. 

Not only will full tastings will be available in each tasting room for an additional fee, many participating wineries and tasting rooms are offering additional special events, and a few special perks for designated drivers, so make sure to plan ahead to catch the best of what’s on offer for your groups unique interests. (Please note, attendees must be be 21 years of age or older.)

2019 Presidents Wine Weekend Dates11:00 am to 5:00 pm; Sat and Sun Feb 16th-17th; Kick-off Event Fri Feb. 15th (Details below)
2019 Presidents Wine Weekend CostCommemorative Glasses $25 per day or $40 for a two day pass. (Add-ons and VIP events sold separately. See below for details.)

Presidents Wine Weekend on-line passes sold here. 

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Celebrating great wine  I Courtesy of Instagrammer @tjstarr in Calaveras County.

2. President’s Wine Weekend – Create a Tailored VIP Wine Weekend Fit for YOU.

From Presidents Wine Weekend Add-Ons, to special one off VIP events, the links below give you details to tailor your weekend to your tastes. From vineyard hikes, to educational events, and a goofy presidential-themed dinner, VIP events and add-ons are a great way to take your Presidents Wine Weekend from awesome to epic in no time. Just choose your favorites and get ready for an adventure! Please note: With limited space available, we recommend pre-registering for any Presidents Wine Weekend VIP events you are interested in as soon as possible, using the link shortcuts below.

Follow the rhythm of the seasons with varying vineyard tours I Courtesy of Locke Vineyards
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Save time and money with these Presidents Wine Weekend Add-Ons presented by family owned Ironstone Vineyards in collaboration with the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance.

Add-on Lunch Option

Skip the wait this year and add on an Ironstone lunch option to your Presidents Wine Weekend glass purchase! Ironstone Vineyards will be offering your choice of a pulled pork sandwich with a side of potato salad, bag of chips and a fountain drink or vegetarian lasagna with garlic bread and a fountain drink for only $15 per person, per day.

Add-on Barrel Tasting Option 

Add a barrel tasting at Ironstone Vineyards to your glass purchase for only $5 per person, per day.

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Ironstone Vineyards Endless Grounds | Courtesy Calaveras Visitors Bureau – Lisa Boulton
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Presidents’ Wine Weekend Kick-Off Party Reservations Required. 

  • When: Friday, February 15th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Where: Ironstone Vineyards
  • VIP Event Details: Sponsored by Ironstone Vineyards and the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance, the Presidents Wine Weekend Kick Off Party at Ironstone Vineyards will include live music by Nate Nathan, wine and food pairings, as well as access to exclusive/unreleased Ironstone international wines and family labels as well as chance to meet some of the faces behind Ironstone Vineyards.
  • Reservations Required: Limited tickets available. Admission price is $30 for members and $25 for Ironstone Wine Club members. Reserve your VIP access to the Presidents Wine Weekend Kick Off Party at Ironstone Vineyards here.
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Ironstone Vineyards Tasting Room Entrance I Courtesy of Calaveras Visitors Bureau – Lisa Boulton
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  • Twisted President’s Dinner Party Reservations Required.
    • When: Saturday, February 16th, 2019, starting at 6:00pm
    • Where: Twisted Oak Winery
    • VIP Event Details: Join the fun team at Twisted Oak Vineyards for a multi-course meal and wine pairing celebrating the favorite foods of our past Presidents.
      • From Twisted Oak Winery’s event description: Forty-five Presidents have occupied the office – and every one has had their most and least favorite foods. So why not spend an evening with us – featuring a delicious multi-course Presidential dinner whipped up by Lila & Sage, and perfectly matched with yummy Twisted wines! And who knows, you might even meet a past President or First Lady! All wines poured will be available for purchase at some very special prices, that night only…No politics will be served at this event.
    • Reservations Required: The cost is $75 all inclusive. (Twisted Few Members pay just $65 each and may bring any number of guests.) Only 70 tickets available. Reserve your VIP access to the Twisted President’s Dinner here.
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Costumes abound at Twisted Oak shindigs, expect some colorful surprise appearances. I Courtesy of Twisted Oak Winery


SAT & SUN? Learn to Taste Wine with Locke Vineyards - LEARN MORE
  • How to Taste Wine with Locke Vineyards Reservations Required.
    • When: From 10:30am – 11:15am Saturday Feb. 16th and Sunday Feb. 17th of Presidents Wine Weekend. Each class is 45 minutes and starts at 10:30 am
    • Where: Locke Vineyards
    • VIP Event Details: Start your day at Locke Vineyards with a 45 minute sensory wine class called  “How to Taste Wine” where you will be guided thru the five main components to wine tasting.
    • Reservations Required: Reserve your VIP access to this educational How to Taste Wine with Locke Vineyards event here.
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Wine Tasting at Locke Vineyards I Courtesy of Locke VIneyards
SAT & SUN? Ten-by-Ten Tap Takeover at Newsome Harlow - LEARN MORE
  • Ten-by-Ten Tap Takeover at Newsome Harlow Tasting Room Reservations NOT Required. 
    • When: Saturday and Sunday of Presidents Wine Weekend.
    • Where: Newsome Harlow Tasting Room
    • VIP Event Details: Fans of Newsome Harlow can finally have a chance to experience this latest project, Ten by Ten Wines, which includes varietals like Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Primitivo at the Newsome Harlow tasting room in downtown Murphys. Looking to meet the winemakers? Venture over to the winery to taste several of their classics with winemaker & owners, Scott & Melanie Klann. The Newsome Harlow Winery is located at 107 Emerald Creek Drive in Murphys, CA (about a 2-minute drive or 8-minute walk from downtown Murphys).
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Newsome Harlow Tasting Room I Courtesy of Instagrammer @winedinewander
SAT & SUN? Winemaker Vineyard Hike & Plated Pairings - LEARN MORE
  • Winemaker Vineyard Hike and Wine Pairings at Aloria Vineyards Reservations Required.
    • When: Offered on both Saturday Feb. 16th and Sunday Feb. 17th of Presidents Wine Weekend from 11am-1pm.
    • Where: Aloria Vineyards, overlooking New Melones Lake
    • VIP Event Details: Aloria Vineyards is hosting a winemaker vineyard hike and plated pairings with Aloria winemaker, Brent Jensen, at their private estate winery. Take in the stunning world-class views, 2200 feet above New Melones Reservoir, “high above the rush.” Taste through selected Aloria varietals and then savor delightful plated pairings in the barrel room.
    • Reservations Required: Limited to 20 guests, you can reserve your VIP access to the Winemaker Vineyard Hike and Plated Pairings at Aloria Vineyards here. Advance RSVP Required.
You never know who you’re going to meet at Aloria Vineyards.
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Wine tasting at Hovey Winery I Courtesy of Instagrammer @mmandersonblog

3. President’s Wine Weekend – 4 Ways to Explore

So now that you know what special events you want to attend, how do you decide which participating wineries and tasting rooms to explore? Whether winging it or choosing your own adventure from one of our tailored options below, during Presidents Wine Weekend, you’ll enjoy the chance to meet our winemakers, experience our welcoming hospitality, discover the history that surrounds the region and shop the myriad of specialty family owned businesses in our charming historic Gold Rush era buildings.

?Option 1 - Explore by Varietal

Presidents Wine Weekend Option 1 – Explore By Varietal

Explore a wide variety of award winning wines in our down to earth sierra landscape; taste those robust Spanish and Italian regional varietals the foothills have become known for like Barbera, Tempranillo, and Mourvedre and Grenache (from France) as well as some of the best Zinfandels and Cabernets to be produced in the entire Gold Country corridor. Find a full list of wine varietals found in Calaveras County and where to try them on the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance “Varietals and Where to Find Them” page here.

?Option 2 - Explore Award Winning Wines

Presidents Wine Weekend Option 2 – Explore Award Winning Wineries and Tasting Rooms

An area known for its history of gold-rich hills, Calaveras County boasts plenty of gold, silver and bronze too! Finding precious metals here is a bit harder these days unless we’re talking about wine. You can stop your digging now because we’re here to tell you where to find precious “medals” in Calaveras Wine Country. Find a list of the medal winners via Calaveras Winegrape Alliance’s Tasting Gold in Calaveras County here.

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Presidents Wine Weekend Option 3 – Explore on Foot

Did you know Murphys historic downtown has dozens of tasting rooms within walking distance? That’s right! If your group would prefer to be DD free, you can access over a dozen participating wineries on foot without ever having to get behind the wheel. Whether staying in town or taking the Saturday HopperMurphys Taxi, Murphys Transportation, or Stage Coach Limousine to the heart of the action, Murphys historic downtown will be a must see for your group. Oh and did we mention there’s independent owned shops, restaurants, beer houses,  olive oil and spice sampling as well as national award winning coffee? Don’t tell your friends!

?Option 4 - Wing It

Presidents Wine Weekend Option 4 – Wing it!

With such diversity of varietals and specialties throughout the county, trust your instincts and go where you feel called! Explore Calaveras Winegrape Alliance participating wineries here, courtesy of the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance. 

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Calaveras County Wine tasting adventuresI Courtesy of Instagrammer @kryshana31 at Ayrael Vieux Winery.jpg

Download a digital copy of the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance winery map here.

New Perks for Designated Driver’s in 2019: Keep an eye out for designated driver coffee stations throughout the Presidents Wine Weekend area. Call or email Calaveras Winegrape Alliance to learn more.

4. President’s Wine Weekend – Make it a Four Day Weekend

In addition to epic Presidents Wine Weekend wine tasting (and VIP events happening Friday through Sunday), one of the things that makes Calaveras such a unique wine tasting destination is the plethora of outdoor recreation, events and gold rush history to enjoy as well.

High Sierra adventure awaits.
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The Victoria Inn | Rick E Martin


5. President’s Wine Weekend – Lodging

You can compare lodging option prices, as well as search by lodging type, or by town through our booking engine at the bottom of this article.

Looking to save money on lodging during Presidents Wine Weekend? Check out Saddle Creek Golf Resort‘s Presidents Wine Weekend lodging package. Located in Copperopolis, Saddle Creek Golf Resorts Presidents Wine Weekend lodging package includes a weekend stay in their luxurious bungalows as well as a 2 day pass for 2 to Presidents Wine Weekend and morning presentation of Calaveras varietals by the valley’s own local wine expert.

Traditional lodging filled? Explore additional lodging available through VRBO and AirBNB.

For more information about President’s Day Wine Weekend, call 1-209-736-0049 7 days a week or visit the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance website here. Cheers to a great Presidents Wine Weekend!

Happy travels!