Make sure Stevenot Winery & Tasting Room is on your tour itinerary – The Pine Tree
Vallecito & Murphys, CA… Come and enjoy our patio or our lawn while tasting some wine !! Stevenot Winery is open Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Vallecito. On weekends, you can also head to the Stevenot tasting room on Main Strees in Murphys.
2849 BATTEN ROAD, VALLECITO, CA 95251 WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY – 11 TO 4 DELI PLATES AVAILABLE RECOMMENDED RESERVATIONS ON WWW.STEVENOTWINERY.COM
458 # 3 MAIN STREET MURPHYS, CA 95247 FRIDAY-SUNDAY – 11 TO 4 WALK IN ONLY
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About the Stevenot cellar
Wine, gold, history and heritage are all part of the rich and colorful tradition that is Stevenot Winery. Located in downtown Murphys and Vallecito, in the heart of the Sierra foothills of Calaveras County, Stevenot’s beginnings date back long before their first wine release in 1978.
The first Stevenots arrived in the area during the Great Gold Rush of the mid-1800s. During this time, vineyards began to flourish throughout the region as miners from France, Germany and Italy were creating demand for wine on an unprecedented scale. At one point, the Sierra foothills rivaled the Napa and Sonoma regions combined in wine area with over 100 established wineries.
Although the industry eventually declined with the advent of Prohibition, it wasn’t long before Barden Stevenot, a fifth generation member of the Stevenot family in Calaveras County, picked up where his family left off. stopped and founded the winery in the late 1970s. Recognized as one of the pioneers of the renaissance of wine production in the Sierra foothills, Stevenot Winery quickly gained its reputation as a world-class wine producer and innovative and award-winning style.
Stevenot also looks back on the history of Calaveras County. The tasting room in downtown Murphys was part of the Rufe and Keilber Meat Market, built in 1893. Behind the tasting room is the Matterson House, built in the 1860s, which was damaged, but not destroyed, by the 1893 explosion of neighboring Manuel and Garland Store warehouse. Much of the city center was destroyed by this accident caused when an employee left a burning candle in the warehouse that ignited black powder stored nearby.
Around the same time that Barden Stevenot was founding his winery, the Oliveto family was starting a distribution business in Jackson, which is now run by brothers Jon and David Oliveto. Born and raised in Jackson, Jon and David began working early on with their father Ross Oliveto’s milk distribution business which opened in the late 1960s. In 1979, the milk distribution company moved to was sold and the Oliveto family started distributing beer and soft drinks in the counties of Calaveras, Amador and Tuolumne. In the early 1980s, a wine division was added. The Oliveto family began distributing Stevenot wines in the early 1980s, when White Zinfandel was their best seller. Oliveto Distributing received the Miller Masters Award in the early 1990s, placing them among the top seven distributors in the United States. They also received the Miller Brewing Company’s High Life Achievement Award in 2002 and 2003, awarded to the top 40 distributors out of a list of 450 companies.
Oliveto family – Stevenot vineyard owners
From left to right: David, Lorraine, Elizabeth, Ross and Jon.
On February 10, 2010, Oliveto Distributing, Inc. became the proud new owner of Stevenot Wines and now operates the Stevenot Tasting Rooms on Murphys’ Main Street and in the Vallecito cellar. Jon and David Oliveto are now owners of the respected and long-time Vallecito-based distribution company.
In the 21st century
Recently, Stevenot’s presence has extended beyond the tasting room on Main Street to the Vallecito cellar. The winery is on a property developed by John Batten in 1852. In addition to a facility for local crushing and bottling, the vineyards produce Barbera, Chenin Blanc, Malvasia Bianca and Merlot grapes, which allows the production to be produced. bottled wines. Passing the decorative iron gates in the drystone wall, past the pond, heritage oaks and landscaped meadow, your eye is immediately drawn to the Batten House. The Olivetos put a lot of thought and effort into the rehabilitation of this mid-19th century monument. There are large shaded outdoor areas for enjoying a glass or two of Stevenot wine.
The management of the Stevenot label is a family affair. Jon Oliveto is President of Oliveto Distributing. Jon lives in Murphys and is a production manager and vineyard manager. He works in close collaboration with the viticulturist Nancy Steele in the development of the vintage of each year. David Oliveto is Vice President, COO and Office Manager. David’s wife, Lorraine, is in charge of the tasting room and head gardener. David and Lorraine live in Murphys. The next generation of Olivetos also lives in Murphys. Sisters Brooke and Elizabeth have been involved in the business for years. Brooke Peterson is married to Robert Peterson, who is a business executive and director of sales. Brooke is currently on sabbatical to raise Cashton, who anchors the third generation. He was seen in the vineyards before his first birthday. Elizabeth is director of the Wine Club. Working closely with her father and uncle, Elizabeth is perfectly placed to learn more about the wine industry.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to continue the tradition of Barden Stevenot,” said David. “Stevenot has always been a quality wine that is well respected in the community. “It’s all about the quality,” adds Jon. “We have been in the distribution business all of our lives and will continue to focus on wine making. “
With nearly 50 years in the industry serving the region, the Oliveto family knows the company and the community well.
This event repeats every week every Sunday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday until 10/27/2021