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Sunday, 01 November 2015 13:04

Oakland Urban Wine Trail Brings Urban Flair to Local Wine Scene

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TASTE News Service November 1, 2015 - Visit Oakland, the city's destination marketing organization, has announced the debut of the Oakland Urban Wine Trail, showcasing 10 wineries within the city's limits. The wineries cover a 10-mile radius throughout Oakland and the trail is walkable and easily accessible by public transportation.

What makes Oakland's trail unique? Variety in an already different location. Oakland's urban wineries are housed in renovated warehouses and offers visitors tasting rooms in industrial neighborhoods, artist community spaces, and even waterfront locations. Oakland vintners source their grapes from throughout California and bring a unique Oakland flavor to the trail, influenced by their different backgrounds and winemaking experiences.

“You no longer have to travel to traditional wine country for great, quality wine,” remarked Alison Best, President and CEO of Visit Oakland. “These winemakers were drawn here because Oakland's the place to try something different, like building your winery in a warehouse instead of a vineyard! We are proud that our vintners are putting a new spin on winemaking in our state, adding their authentic Oakland flavor.”

The Oakland Urban Wine Trail represents a growing interest in winemaking outside of the traditional wine country. Wineries include Campovida, Cerruti Cellars, Dashe Cellars, Irish Monkey Cellars, Jeff Cohn Cellars, Periscope Cellars, Rosenblum Cellars, Stage Left Cellars, Two Mile Wines, and Urban Legend.

Over 10 million glasses of East Bay wines have been poured in the last year alone, with over 15 thousand visitors frequenting tasting rooms in the region.

To help visitors navigate the trail, an Oakland Urban Wine Trail brochure and map, as well as microsite have been launched. Visit Oakland is installing street decals throughout the city to help wine enthusiasts find the closest tasting room.

Editor’s Note: For more information on the trail visit oaklandurbanwinetrail.com. If you’re planning a visit to Oakland you might first check out the San Francisco Bay Area sections of Taste California Travel’s Resource Directory. There you’ll find links to the websites of hundreds of Lodging and Dining options, as well as links to area Wineries and Craft Beer purveyors.

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