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Amador Celebrates Oldest Zinfandel

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Gnarled vines in the Original Original Grandpère Vineyard have been producing beautiful Zinfandel wines for 150 years. Gnarled vines in the Original Original Grandpère Vineyard have been producing beautiful Zinfandel wines for 150 years.

TASTE News Service, January 9, 2019 — This weekend, Andis Wines, Scott Harvey Wines and Vino Noceto will celebrate the oldest Zinfandel vineyard in America.

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These Amador County wineries will host events January 11-12, 2019 acknowledging the 150-year Anniversary of the Original Grandpère Vineyard (OGP), also known as Vineyard 1869. Over the course of two days, these three wineries will welcome guests who will have a chance to taste, sip, and explore the Zinfandel vineyard heralded as the oldest documented Zinfandel Vineyard in America.

"These ancient 150-year-old vines are a pleasure to work with," says winemaker Scott Harvey. "They just seem smarter in being able to produce true wine of place."

Guests with a Tour and Passport Tasting ticket will have a chance to walk amongst the ancient vines themselves – Saturday with winemaker Rusty Folena of Vino Noceto and Sunday, with past proprietor & winemaker, Scott Harvey. Tours will meet at the vineyard at 10 a.m., weather permitting. Reservations are required, as space is limited to 24 people.

Each winery will be offering current and library vintage tastings of their OGP/Vineyard 1869 Zinfandel, paired with small bites. The tour and tastings are limited and there is a charge for participation. For further information contact Shelly John, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 209-245-3670.

OGP History

The Original Grandpère Vineyard dates back to the 1860s and was named 2016 Vineyard of the Year by the California State Fair. Still in production today, only four wineries are privileged enough to receive fruit from this vineyard, three in Amador County, California - Andis Wines, Scott Harvey Wines, and Vino Noceto – with the fourth being Macchia in Lodi.

The identity of the original planters is not officially known, although genealogical research has narrowed it down to the Upton family. An 1869 land deed shows grape vines planted on the 10-acre site, located in the Shenandoah Valley about five miles northeast of the town of Plymouth.

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