Winters will host Tempfest, a celebration of locally grown and produced Tempranillo wines, with special tastings and live music this weekend.
One of the first commercial wineries east of Sonoma in the Sacramento Valley was a winery started by John Wolfskill in the Winters area in the 1840s. Some of the first post-prohibition commercial plantings in California of the Tempranillo grape, a variety originating from and grown widely in the Rioja region of Spain, were planted in the Dunnigan Hills just north of Winters in the late 1990s.
A few years later in 2000, with 30 years of grapevine growing experience in his upbringing and background, fifth-generation Yolo County farmer Dan Martinez of Berryessa Gap Vineyards planted Tempranillo in the foothills west of Winters on the Coble Ranch. Shortly thereafter, in 2007, Chris Turkovich of Turkovich Family Wines planted Tempranillo on Button-Turkovich property also west of Winters.
The Tempfest goal is to educate consumers on Tempranillo and other Iberian wines, recalling their Spanish origins, and to allow visitors to experience numerous local variations of this red wine. Wine and restaurant specials run Thursday through Sunday at Berryessa Gap Vineyards, 15 Main St.; Turkovich Family Wines, 304 Railroad Ave.; RootStock, 22 Main St.; and Main Street Cellars, 9 E. Main St.
Food, music and art can be found on Main Street from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. For more information, contact Lexy van Dyke at [email protected].