Formerly known as President’s Wine Weekend, the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance has made a few changes to this well-known and well-loved wine event. Moved to the springtime when the weather is a bit warmer and the wildflowers are blooming in the foothills, the winegrape growers and winemakers have some exciting experiences in store for you. Read on to see how to get the most out of your 2022 Spring Wine Weekend.
2022 Spring Wine Weekend Dates: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm; Sat and Sun April 23rd & 24th
1. Ready, Set, Go!
Enjoy two days of Spring Wine Weekend fun in Calaveras wine country. 1-day and 2-day tickets include a commemorative wineglass, a wristband for special tasting flights at 27 participating tasting rooms, and a weekend guide with maps. Advance ticketing is recommended as this event will sell out fast! Tickets can be purchased online here, or if you’d rather chance it, try to get tickets the day of the event at the Murphys Visitors and Wine Info Center in downtown Murphys located at 202 South Main Street (at the 4-way stop across from Alchemy Cafe. Wineglass/wristband/map pickup starts at 9:30 at the Murphys Visitors and Wine Info Center on Saturday and Sunday. Tasting rooms open between 10:30 and 11:00 AM, and the event wraps up at 5:00 each day. Find a list of participating tasting rooms HERE.
2. Create a Tailored Wine Weekend Fit for YOU
Vineyard hikes, museum visits, book signings, live music, and special offers from Calaveras Big Trees add even more great value to your Spring Wine Weekend experience. Catch the spring bloom and early bud break in the vineyards. NEW THIS YEAR!! Show your wristband at the Angels Camp Museum for free admission and Calaveras Big Trees State Park gift shop to receive $10 off any purchase. Find other Special Events & Offers HERE.
3. Travel and Enjoy Calaveras Wines Safely
Calaveras has great options for enjoying your Spring Wine Weekend safely. Any one of the following transportation services will take care of getting you to and from your destinations while tasting award winning Calaveras County wines:
Calaveras Connect Public Transit – Give your designated driver a break by taking advantage of the new Saturday Hopper schedule. 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 Travelodge in Angels Camp, historic downtown Angels Camp, Arnold Big Trees Market, Murphys historic downtown at the Murphys Creek Theater by Murphys Park, Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys and the San Andreas post office (and MORE). For additional details, check out the Saturday Hopper schedule here.
Gold Rush Tour Company – Brand new to Calaveras County! Let Morgan and Robert drive you and your group around in the their luxury tour vans. These professional tour guides based out of Calaveras County provide a variety of services from private wine tours to historic trails.
Angels Cab Company – Fast and friendly, they offer professional transportation services throughout Calaveras County areas. Their team is up for any job, from big to small. Their dedication, great prices, and attention to detail are what makes this cab company really stand out.
4. Explore Calaveras’ Historic Downtowns
Discover the history that surrounds the region and shop the myriad of specialty family owned businesses in our charming historic Gold Rush era buildings. Angels Camp, Murphys, Mokelumne Hill, and San Andreas each have a piece of California history worth exploring. What is a “Hop-of-Fame” and what’s with all the frogs? Where is the first 3-story building built in California? Who were the two famous stagecoach robbers whose trials were held at the courthouse that still stands in San Andreas? What town features one of the oldest, continually operating (dare we say, haunted) hotels in California?
Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway (part of Highway 4) is a high mountain pass in Alpine County that was used by the Miwok and Washoe people to trek over the Sierra Nevada mountains. In 1850, John Ebbetts, for whom the pass is now named, guided a band of miners over in search of gold in California. In the summertime, Highway 4 is open through to Nevada, however it is usually closed from November through May due to snow. There is plenty of history to discover along this highway, especially at the quaint and oldest Chevron gas station located at the Camp Connell General Store.
5. One More Thing – Posterity Ciderworks
Wild. Rural. Rare. Brand new in Mokelumne Hill, Calaveras County, Posterity Ciderworks is a small scale cidery and orchard that produces estate and small batch heritage apple, pear and quince alcoholic ciders. Sustainability and regenerative agriculture are central to their mission, as is allowing fruit varietal character to shine through. Take a 30-minute tour with their head cider maker that also includes a one hour table service tasting experience. Make reservations early since they are exclusive to only 10 people per time slot and there are only two time slots per day. What a great idea!
Looking for a place to stay? From quaint and comfortable to spacious and luxurious, Calaveras has the lodging you’re looking for here. If you need any help planning the rest of your stay here in Calaveras, please feel free to give us a call at the Calaveras Visitors Bureau 209-736-0049. Or better yet, come see as at the Angels Camp Museum – 753 South Main Street, Angels Camp, CA 95222. We LOVE having visitors! Happy and safe travels!!