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Ironstone vinyards budget travel stop for families photoGoing beyond the simple wine tasting room, Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys California has become an entertainment destination for wine lovers and the whole family. John Kautz started producing wine grapes in 1948 in Lodi, California. Along with winemaker Steve Millier (who also has his own wine brand) Kautz Wines eventually turned into Ironstone. In 1989 they dug a cave from the limestone and hard schist of Calaveras County near Murphys California (see MURPHYS HOTEL Presidents, Robber Barons and Highwaymen) for wine aging caves. Since then, Ironstone Vineyards has grown into the largest winery - entertainment complex in the state.

wine tasting and tour at Ironstone vinyards bargain discounts on wines photoThe Ironstone Vineyards tasting room features a bar which traveled around the horn in 1905 and a delicatessen for enjoying its fine varietals with gourmet sandwiches. A popular location for weddings and events in its elegant banquet facilities are serenaded by a massive pipe organ. Musical and theatrical performances are offered throughout the year. The Heritage Museum, jewelry and book store occupies a second building on the complex, with the largest crystalline gold leaf specimen in the world on display along with local history and culture exhibits popular with school tours. The whole complex is nestled in a well maintained grounds among the oaks of the rolling hills with beautifully landscaped gardens.

Ironsone wine vinyards murphys gold panning photoIronstone is now a well known national wine brand and its home has become a popular destination in the Calaveras wine growing region. You can purchase wine by the bottle, or get discounts of up to 20% on case purchases with extra discounts on the featured “Wine Of The Month,” and a membership-only wine club. Complimentary Winery Tours are offered, starting in the Tasting Room by the magnificent cozy fireplace and including the now famous Kautz wine caves. And after tippling a few, try your hand a gold panning on the creek bed which first attracted travelers to the area in the “49er” gold rush. The Ironstone Winery is located on Six Mile Road between Highway 4 and Murphys and is open all year. In summer, check out the Ironstone Concert Series of music and wine, with tickets going on sale in May. In October, during harvest time, look for the Harvest Home Festival weekend held at Ironstone1.
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