Roots To Wine

Attention Wine, Food and Travel Writers!

…You’re Invited to a Yolo County Tour!

Four wineries in western Yolo County invite you to join them for a day filled with tasting, touring and fun this spring in the little-known vineyards of this fast growing region.

Matchbook Wine Company, Route 3 Wines, Simas Family Vineyards, and Taber Ranch Vineyard will open their doors Sunday, April 10, 2016, for exclusive tours and tastings on their scenic Yolo County estates. All four wineries are members of Roots to Wine, a marketing combine of eight producers in western Yolo County.

Starting at Route 3 Wines, visiting journalists will enjoy wine tasting at the “pond site,” including distinctive whites and reds made from grapes grown on the adjacent historic Hucke Ranch. The second stop is at Matchbook Wine Company in the beautiful Dunnigan Hills, for barrel tasting and a tour of Matchbook’s bottling room. Next is a visit to Taber Ranch and Event Center in the heart of Capay Valley, for a tour of the grounds, wine tasting, and a lunch featuring produce from local organic farms. The tour then heads to Simas Valley Vineyards for a vineyard tour and tasting. The tour will begin at 10am and conclude by 4pm.

Matchbook Wine Company, producing more 100,000 cases each year, is one of the region’s top growers in Chardonnay, Petit Verdot and offbeat Mediterranean varietals like Tempranillo and Graciano. Route 3 makes popular wines like Chardonnay and Merlot, but also offers Signature Series wines Syrah-Viognier, Grenache, and others. Tabor Ranch produces blends from estate-grown grapes, while Simas also produces blends as well as Rhone varietals.

Route 3 and Matchbook wineries rest in the region’s rolling Dunnigan Hills AVA, known for dry soils and hot summer days similar to Old World Mediterranean terroirs. Simas and Taber wines reside further west in the Capay Valley, which has a long tradition of wine-making dating back to 1860. The vineyards here are on rolling hills with soils containing river rock and volcanic ash. Summers are warm and dry with a long growing season. Portions of the valley receive moderating breezes from the Sacramento Delta and the San Francisco Bay.

This tour will highlight the distinctive character of this emerging, and exceptional, wine-growing region. It is also the first of two – the other wineries of the Roots to Wine group will open their doors for a tour in the fall.

For more information and to sign up for the tour, contact Tiffany Dozier, P.R. & Communications Manager with the Yolo County Visitors Bureau; call (530) 297-1900 or email


Posted in News & Blog on March 25, 2016.

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