Planning to walk down Murphys charming historic Main Street? Don’t forget to look up for Boyle MacDonald Wines tasting room. Located directly across from Murphys Historic Hotel, and above the Sierra Nevada Adventure Company, this hidden tasting room is right in the heart of the pedestrian-friendly downtown action.
Just up the yellow stairs, this Murphys wine tasting room offers a comfortable and spacious sun-soaked atmosphere, that is just perfect for relaxing with a glass of award winning wine or sharing a bottle with friends. With seating options indoors or on their (seasonally available) rooftop, it’s always a good idea to swing by and see what’s happening inside.
Meet the Boyle MacDonald Winemaker – Kate Boyle MacDonald
Winemaker Kate Boyle MacDonald has over twenty years of experience in the cellar. From humble beginnings as an apprentice/cellar hand in 1999 to her current standing as a seasoned Winemaker, Kate’s talents have been strong all along. With a tough work ethic and great patience, she demonstrated excellent winemaking instincts and a remarkable palate, and was quickly acknowledged by her peers and given a chance to thrive in Calaveras County. While she personally planted and continues to tend the family estate vineyard in Napa Valley, her winemaking is rooted in the Foothills of the Sierras in Calaveras County. Having grown up in Germany, France, and all over the US, Kate uses the incredible California new world fruit, to create wines in the traditional old world style, exhibiting elegance, finesse and balance.
Boyle MacDonald Wines – How it all began
The label began when husband and wife team, Craig and winemaker Kate, planted their family estate Napa Valley Vineyard with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The portfolio of offerings grew as Kate and Craig began personally farming and sourcing from additional Sierra Foothills vineyards. The portfolio includes a diverse selection of Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, as well as Sierra Foothill Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Sangiovese and Montepulciano. In addition to varietal bottlings and lovely Red Blends, this hard working duo has become well known for producing Provence style Dry Rosés and also for producing interesting and rare white wines from red varietals.
Hand tended and harvested, their harvested grapes are transported to Calaveras County where they are carefully fermented using several different yeast strains to achieve the unique flavors you will find in each vintage of their Cabernet Sauvignon. Visit their website today to learn even more about their wine making process.
To learn about their current lineup of wines, including purchasing and shipments, please contact co-owner Craig directly at [email protected].
Cheers to your next Calaveras County wine tasting adventure!