Wines of the Sierra Foothills
Welcome to Yosemite Cellars
Thirteen years ago we began a journey to grow wine grapes and produce wine from an untested area of the Sierra Foothills at 3000' elevation. Located in Groveland, California, Yosemite Cellars offers wines made exclusively from our estate vineyard located near the scenic grandeur of Yosemite National Park. Take a tour of our web site and familiarize yourself with our vineyard, our wines and us!
Our wines and our approach to winemaking are an extension of our farming philosophy that "less is more". We strive to make the best wines from the fruit that comes from each harvest, with the least amount of fuss and intervention. Our primary objective is to produce wines that best reflect the true character of the fruit.
The 2014 Syrah was harvested on September 9, 2014 at 28 brix and a pH of 4.11. The fermented wine was aged for 18 months in neutral oak puncheons and bottled in March, 2016. Bottle aging continued for 6 months until release of the wine in September 2016.
Harvested on September 9, 2015, the Tannat emerged from the vineyard at 20.5 brix and a pH of 3.68. It was aged in neutral oak puncheons for 18 months, bottle aged for an additional 12 months, and released for purchase in July 2019.
Keeping with the Yosemite Cellars approach that no two Firefall wines will be the same, the 2014 Firefall is a delightful blend of Cabernet Franc and Grenache grapes from our vineyard. This is our first use of Cabernet Franc in the Firefall blend, and it is providing a delicious new flavor component to the wine.
2017 GRENACHE ROSE
The Grenache grapes used in production of our 2017 Grenache Rose were harvested on September 15, 2017 at 22 brix and a pH of 4.14. The production of the wine followed a similar path as prior vintages of our Grenache Rose. The wine was bottled in March 2018 and released on June 23, 2018.
Yosemite Cellars is open for wine tasting on summer holiday weekends. Our next wine tasting weekend in 2019 will be the Labor Day weekend on August 31st and September 1st. Wine tasting will be available from 12-4 PM both dates.
Wine Tasting at Yosemite Cellars
Weekly wine tastings at Rush Creek Lodge
Getting to Yosemite Cellars
From downtown Groveland - go east on Hwy 120 and turn left on Ferretti Road. Continue on Ferretti Road for approximately 6 miles. Turn right on Punch Bowl Road (there is also a Yosemite Cellars sign) and follow signs to the winery. Access to Yosemite Cellars via Punch Bowl Road is on narrow private roads that are both paved and gravel. Please drive slowly on the gravel roads to keep the dust to a minimum - our neighbors and their animals thank you!
From the Yosemite area - travel on Hwy 120 headed toward Groveland. Go right on Ferretti Road for approximately 4 miles. Punch Bowl Road will be on your left.