Maple Creek Winery is the dream and vision of Owner, Artist, Winemaker, Tom Rodrigues. The winery was established in 2001 and the wines are called “ARTEVINO” which is a culmination of his passions for Art and Wine. The lovely Art Nouveau style labels feature Tom’s “Vineyard Series” paintings and each label portrays a different painting – truly a piece of art on every bottle.

Maple Creek Winery is a small, boutique winery, producing around 4,000 cases annually of hand-crafted, award winning wines. The charming winery is set in the bucolic hills of the Yorkville Highlands appellation in southern Mendocino County, between the Alexander and Dry Creek Valley’s of Sonoma and the Anderson Valley of Mendocino.

On the twelve acres of southwest facing hillside vineyards grow Chardonnay, Merlot and Symphony. Maple Creek Winery practices sustainable farming methods and is very committed to maintaining a balanced ecosystem on the property. The winery and vineyards are part of the 181 acre Maple Creek Ranch, which boasts Maple Creek, 7 springs, fruit orchards, old-growth trees and pasture lands.

You will often find Tom in the Tasting Room or out working in vineyards. His philosophy is that to own a successful winery, one must work in all aspects of the business to clearly understand the overall picture. It is an incredible amount of work to grow the grapes, make the wine, sell the wine, and manage the ranch, but it is the most satisfying work to see the fruit of ones labor. It stands to reason that the best way to describe Maple Creek is…”where dreams and reality meet”.

The Winery, Tasting Room and Art Gallery are open daily.

After reading a Sunset magazine article about Mendocino County in the mid-eighties, Edward and Deborah Wallo discovered a special place: a highland valley where the waters of the Russian and Navarro Rivers start and part, and where the giant coastal redwoods and valley oaks come together.

Intuitively convinced that such a place would foster complex and interesting grapes, they acquired a 110 acre ranch in Yorkville. There were already a few acres of neglected Sauvignon Blanc, but the quality of the small amount of fruit that these vines yielded was encouraging.

Edward and Deborah worked hard to restore those vines to fine, healthy plants. Then over the next few years, the vineyards were expanded to 30 acres. Their two estate vineyards are: Randle Hill Vineyard  (Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon – Planted 1982 & 1989), and Rennie Vineyard (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec,  Carmenere, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc – Planted 1990).

The vineyards have been CCOF certified as organic for over 25 years since 1986. Yorkville Cellars was among the first dozen or so vineyards to be certified in the state. No pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or chemical fertilizers are used which earned the Wallo’s the prestigious “Masters of Organics” Award.

Every day is Earth Day at Yorkville Cellars. As renowned local botanist and horticulturist Luther Burbank said,  “What a joy life is when you have a close working partnership with Nature.”

Yorkville Cellars is the only known winery to grow and produce all eight of the main Bordeaux grapes each as a varietal wine. All wines are made exclusively from certified organic estate grapes with typically less than 1,000 cases of each wine hand-crafted each vintage: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot,  Carmenere, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, RICHARD THE LION-HEART and, ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE.

Yorkville Cellars Tasting Room is located on Highway 128 at Mile Marker 40.4 where everyone is invited to visit the Tasting Room set among the vineyards and to enjoy a picnic under the shady big oaks.

In the spring of 1979, George and Kit Lee purchased an historic property that dated back to 1856. The property is at an elevation of 1,200 feet and came with old apple orchards, planted in the 1890s by the stagecoach road leading to the then village of Hermitage. Now those rolling hills are planted with thousands of olive trees that produce their estate “Old Chatham Ranch” extra virgin olive oil. Climbing the gorgeous ridge past the olive trees, one can see the beautifully renovated historic turn-of-the-century home with spectacular views of the rugged Yorkville Highland forests, hills and pastureland that rise above the headwaters of Dry Creek. With these breathtaking views, the lawns, gardens, play spaces, orchard, olive groves, and vineyard all blend to make a harmonious landscape with the surrounding Mendocino mountain ridges. Wandering past the gardens and around the pond and up the ridge is a spectacular 15 acre mountain-top vineyard.

At an elevation of almost 2,000 feet, the vineyard is one of the highest in the Yorkville Highlands appellation. This impressive vineyard incorporates 360-degree vistas that include Dry Creek to the south, Cobb Mountain and McDowell valley to the north, Geyserville to the east, and redwoods to the west. Soils, climate, and location are perfectly suited to the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes planted there in the spring of 2001. “Old Chatham Ranch” certified extra virgin olive oil is in limited production and sells out every year.