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Oenophiles rejoice! Calaveras County is home to nearly two dozen world-class wineries and tasting rooms. Many of the wineries are located within walking distance of each other on Main Street in Murphys, CA, but during the month of February, there’s an even better way to experience each. During the annual Murphys Presidents’ Weekend wine festival, you can explore the diverse blends of Calaveras County.
Take in the picturesque scenery of the surrounding Sierra Foothills while sipping on some of the best vino in the region. You do not have to buy a ticket for this event—just purchase a commemorative glass for $25 ($40 if you wish to attend both days). You can buy the glasses in advance online or at the Wine Information Center the day of the event.
Throughout the course of Murphys Presidents’ Weekend, you’ll have the opportunity to taste wine at over 22 local wineries and tasting rooms. Locals suggest opting for both days as it can be difficult to visit every winery in a single day—and you’re going to want a taste of them all!
Along with wine samples, festival goers enjoy live music, food samples, and special offers on bottles. Murphys Presidents’ Weekend is a great opportunity to meet local winemakers and learn more about their varieties and production process.
With a rapidly growing wine scene, Calaveras County has been dubbed a younger Napa Valley, producing more than three dozen types of grapes. At the center of the county, Murphys is home to a majority of the wineries, but the community continues to grow as more makers move to the area.
Some of the varietals that you can expect to find at Murphys Presidents’ Weekend include the Spanish and Italian varietals that the foothills have become known for—Barbera, Tempranillo—as well as the French Mourvedre and Grenache. And of course, there will also be copious amounts of fantastic Zinfandels and Cabernets.
Our charming, eco-friendly bed and breakfast is less than three miles from the festival. To discover even more of the wines of Calaveras County, book our special Courtwood Wine Tasting Tour Package! As a guest of our inn, you will receive a 10% discount on your tour. During the tour, a guide will drive you through the spectacular slopes and valleys of the Sierra Foothills while explaining the history and operation of local wineries and vineyards.
After you return from the tour for our afternoon wine and cheese, we will even drive you to Murphys for dinner and pick you up afterward. That way, you can be sure that you will be drinking responsibly!
Return to Courtwood Inn to unwind after a long day of tasting incredible wine. Relax in front of the gas fireplace in the Great Room, or relax on your private balcony in any of our cozy tennis-themed rooms. Check our availability and start planning your dream getaway to Murphys today!