Suggested Agendas

20 Years of a Grape Stompin’ Good Time

Just East of the Yorkville Community Center is a vineyard.  Not just any vineyard.  It is one of the county’s (if not the country’s) leading organic vineyards and a producer of delicious varietals some of which are unique to the appellation. And now Yorkville Cellars is celebrating 20 years of wonderful winemaking and inviting you to join in on the fun.  Hop on over to the EVENTS page and see where and when you can help them celebrate.  Here’s to 20 more years.

Tom-Tom The Mush-room Man

When it’s mushroom season, those in the know flock to Yorkville Highlands and those REALLY in the know flock to Tom Rodrigues.  Not only is he an award winning fine artist AND a great winemaker AND a great chef, he’s The Mushroom Man.  Swing by Maple Creek Winery and get a crash course on Mushroom 101 or go post-graduate with the expert.  Even if you’re not crazy about those little capped cuties, you’ll still have a great time learning about mushroom trivia that will impress everyone at your next cocktail party.

Have Camera, Will Travel

Along Highway 128 from Cloverdale through Yorkville and further west, one will experience some of the most beautiful landscapes in Northern California. The rolling hills of 128 (as the locals call it) give the Yorkville Highlands Appellation the unique soils and temperatures that make for some of the most exciting wines in the state.

Highway 128 is also a former stagecoach route that eventually found its way to the coast. That’s why, for example, one will still find today an active cement watering trough dating back to 1912 along this remarkable route that’s now a state highway. In your exploration of our wonderful area, take along a camera and capture the uniqueness that is ours alone. From majestic redwood forests to bucolic meadows to one-of-a-kind curiosities of our past, there is a beautiful photograph every step of the way.

For the Whole Family (including little Sally, Johnny and of course Fido)

One attribute that The Highlands has over many other regions is that we’re family friendly. And more than just kids, you’ll find that many of the wineries and tasting rooms are dog-friendly. Heck, some of the vineyards are even goat-friendly. Shadow at the Yorkville Cellars or Buster and Posey at Maple Creek are just a few of the dogs in residence that will make you welcome.

And as for kids, the folks at Meyer Family Cellars have games galore including Bocce Ball for those with a cool head and a keen eye. Bring a picnic and enjoy family day wherever your love of wine takes you.

Off the Beaten Path

One nice thing about the Yorkville Highlands is that every winemaker you meet in a tasting room has a special story. But those stories aren’t just relegated to the science, craft or art of making wine. Many of those stories are about the hidden secrets of the area. There are a scattering of one-room school houses still standing. The main house at the Yorkville Olive Ranch, built in 1867, served as a stagecoach stop and hotel for travelers who stayed the night on their way from Cloverdale to Navarro and the coast. The main house at Old Chatham Ranch (supplier of some of the best grapes in the area) used to be a lookout for people dealing in contraband at the turn of the century. Both are still standing and are family residences today.

So if you like going off the beaten path, just ask any local in a tasting room what has caught their fancy over the years (or if you’re shy, ask Mr. Google) and then build your adventure in the Yorkville Highlands.

Have Camera, Will Travel
Along Highway 128 from Cloverdale through Yorkville and further west, one will experience some of the most beautiful landscapes in Northern California. The rolling hills of 128 (as the locals call it) give the Yorkville Highlands Appellation the unique soils and temperatures that make for some of the most exciting wines in the state.