Welcome to Westbrook Wine Farm
Westbrook Wine Farm is a vineyard and winery in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of eastern Madera County, California, near Bass Lake and Yosemite National Park. Our mountain vineyards are planted to field blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Gros Verdot and Carmenere. We practice sustainable farming and minimalist winemaking. We make our wine in the traditional Claret style by co-fermenting grapes, rather than by making separate varietal wines and blending them. Our Fait Accompli includes six and our Museum, three of the eight red varieties permitted for use in Bordeaux or Meritage style wines.
If for nothing else, 2017 will be noted as the year of nearly 45 inches of rainfall and our release of two historic Cal-Ital variety wines. Those who have visited with us know that we are all about the wines. We always personally and, without distraction, converse with and pour, for each and every guest here at Westbrook Wine Farm Vineyard and Winery. Our primary focus for twenty years has been crafting complex co-fermented red and white Bordeaux/Meritage style wines. To shake things up a bit, we have now released two exciting, and delicious red Cal-Ital varieties, Primitivo di gioia and Madera Barbera. You simply must taste these wines to believe their depth and unique expression. Definitely not for those who practice flavor avoidance.
Carménère leaf, fall 2016
October 08, 2016: "Popped a 2005 Fait Accompli last night. Outstanding. These wines are fabulous. Vibrant, complex, delicious. Not a hint of any loss of vibrancy. These may be ageless! Have two more
of this vintage in the cellar. Well done.
Randy and Anne"
2016, A Year with Rain
October 3, 2016 - A sure sign of an early winter, the bright green acorns and shiny Buckeye nuts have started falling from the native trees at Westbrook Wine Farm. This morning the temperature dipped into the 40s for the first time since last winter. We’ll soon be seeing the riotous fall foliage colors on both Fait Accompli and Museum vines. It’s a magical [...]
April 2015 Ray Krause interview with Rich Rodriguez
Laurie and Loren Freeman from Laurie's Vineyard
Madera Vintners Association "Wine Growers of the Year" award recipients - Laurie's Vineyard grows our Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Musque and Semillon field blend for our best-selling white wine, Savvy. We also have some very promising Laurie's Vineyard Barbera and Petite Sirah resting in barrel. That's right, a Madera Barbera!
Subject: Why I love the Pink (Rosato Romantico) Because it tastes like vanilla and raspberries, with a hint of citrus. And there is a ferris wheel and carousel music in the background.
Thanks for making it.
"So while we're at it. The 2009 Museum Red. I really like the structure of your reds. They remind me of Bordeaux in the front with some Cal. in the back."
Steven K. Mirassou
It's very rare that you get to sit with the winemaker himself and be educated, with great detail, about every nuance and decision that goes into making their wines. I've never had an experience quite like this before. Ray is witty, patient, and bursting with knowledge when it comes to sharing his passion for winemaking. And the wines...everything we tasted was a delight to the palette. There's something here for everyone, but you have to go there to taste for yourself. You will not only leave here with a memorable experience, like we did, but you'll be leaving with a carload of wine and be telling your friends to visit, just as we did. So thankful we made an appointment! Enjoy!
Westbrook Wine Farm on the radio:
Tonight, your Magnificent (Fait Accompli) Evolution waited a decade to perfectly lift all the flavor notes of our sautéed chard, leeks, roasted red beets, garlic and potatoes, and bleeding NY steaks. Great things happen to those who wait. I thank the heavens for your craft.
"We had a marvelous dinner at Rickey's in Novato - and you made it spectacular! Thank you!"
Jarel and Joan
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A truly remarkable experience is awaiting you at Westbrook Wine Farm. Perhaps because we, as grower / winemakers, personally greet and pour for all of our visitors, all the time. Possibly, it's our stone fireplace and the rustic authenticity of our earth-bermed Foothill Barn style winery. It could even be our earned reputation for wines which will hold their own among the world's best. No doubt, your short trip through our wooded hillsides will help set the mood.
What we think you will find even more remarkable will not only be in front but, also alongside you. Young adults, seasoned citizens, expert and novice alike sharing their views and passion for good wine and good people. People like you, leisurely sharing civilized conversation and their wine experience with us. We are proud to admit that we have never had a guest with whom we would not wish to shake or hold hands. Truly remarkable!
Please call 559-868-3499 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your confirmed reservation. We are looking forward to meeting you.
Elevation: 1441 FT (439 M)
By Appointment Only. Must be 21. A non-smoking property.