Clarksburg Winery Collective
Unveil Clarksburg: A Hidden Gem

Explore the Enchanting Vineyards of the Sacramento Delta

Discover the untold stories of the land, savor the unique flavors nurtured by the river’s embrace, and immerse yourself in the serene beauty of Clarksburg’s wine country

Explore the Enchanting Vineyards of the Sacramento Delta

In the unique Clarksburg AVA, nestled along the Sacramento River, the local microclimate and rich alluvial soils impart distinctive characteristics to its wines. Clarksburg enjoys one of the most diverse grape-growing environments:

  • Extended growing seasons under the Delta sun
  • Cool river winds ensuring elegance and balance
  • Diverse soils ranging from loamy to sandy
  • Over 35 varieties thrive, with Chenin Blanc and Petite Sirah leading
  • Intimate, family-farmed vineyards across 9,000+ acres
  • Wines noted for their vibrant fruit flavors and crisp acidity
1984

Clarksburg AVA Established

Clarksburg AVA

Located in portions of Sacramento County, Solano County, and Yolo County, the Clarksburg AVA includes 64,640 acres (26,159 ha) near the town of Clarksburg. The growing region has dense clay, silt, and loam soils. Fog and cool breezes from San Francisco Bay keep the Clarksburg area cooler than nearby Sacramento.

1984
1987

Winegrowers Association Founded

Clarksburg Winegrowers Association

Since 1987, the Clarksburg Winegrape Growers Association has worked to promote the high quality wine and wine grapes of this premiere growing region. Through honesty, integrity, hard work, and quality relationships, both vintners and growers in the Clarksburg AVA have made a name for themselves in the industry and among consumers.

1987
2005

Old Sugar Mill Opens as Tasting Room

Old Sugar Mill

Transformed from a 1930s sugar beet refinery, the Old Sugar Mill became a cornerstone for Clarksburg’s wine scene in 2005, evolving into a hub with multiple wine-tasting rooms and a custom wine production facility. Presently, it’s home to 14 unique wineries, offering visitors the opportunity to embark on an extensive wine-tasting journey within a single, historic locale.

2005
Clarksburg's Unique Terroir

A Symphony of Soil and Climate

Clarksburg Soil

Soils

In the Clarksburg region, the rich tapestry of the land has been shaped over millennia, creating a fertile ground that is a mix of loamy, silty, and clay soils. These soils, enriched by the historical flow and sediments of the Sacramento River, provide a diverse and nutrient-rich foundation for the vineyards. The area’s unique position, influenced by the cooling effects of the river and the Delta breezes, imposes a beneficial stress on the vines, leading to the production of grapes with deep flavors and vibrant aromas, reflecting the true essence of Clarksburg’s terroir.

Clarksburg Climate

Climate

In Clarksburg, the day begins with a soft mist that clears to reveal the warmth of the sun, nurturing the vineyards with its gentle touch. As dusk approaches, the cool river breezes whisper through the vines, an essential rhythm that sustains one of the longest growing seasons in the region. This consistent dance between cool and warm ensures a balanced development of sugars, acids, and tannins in the grapes, fostering a harmonious maturation. Clarksburg’s unique microclimate, marked by its moderate temperatures and river-influenced conditions, allows the fruit to develop rich, nuanced flavors while preserving its inherent acidity and structure, making it a distinctive winegrowing area within California.

Clarksburg Wine Grapes

Varieties

In Clarksburg, over 35 grape varieties thrive, reflecting the richness of the region’s soil and climate, as well as the ingenuity of local winemakers. The area is particularly renowned for its exceptional Chenin Blanc and Petite Sirah, alongside a diverse range of varietals including aromatic whites and robust reds. The unique climatic conditions of Clarksburg, coupled with its fertile soils, allow these varieties to develop a distinct vibrancy and depth, characteristic of the Delta’s wine country.

Vineyard Sustainability

Sustainability

In Clarksburg, the commitment to sustainability mirrors a deep-seated reverence for the land, its people, and the broader ecosystem. The agricultural heritage of the region ingrains a profound respect for the earth, encouraging a significant number of vineyards to adopt Certified Green farming methods. Clarksburg’s viticultural practices are increasingly aligned with holistic and sustainable principles, emphasizing not only the production of exceptional wines but also the health of the vineyards, the welfare of the community, and the preservation of the environment for future generations.
Wine Growers

People

Clarksburg’s roots are deeply embedded in the spirit of pioneers, family-driven enterprises, innovators, and skilled artisans. The legacy lives on, as you might meet their descendants in tasting rooms or during cellar tours, now at the helm of winemaking and vineyard operations. The joy of crafting wines for personal enjoyment and sharing remains at the core of Clarksburg’s vibrant wine culture. Here, wineries, both big and small, embrace experimentation, boldly taking risks to produce unique, small-batch wines that are best savored within the very lands they originate from.

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