Welcome to the latest edition of our long-running series – 90 Minutes of Separation. In each segment we highlight compelling destinations that are typically 90 minutes away from Vallejo – by car, plane,cycling, train, walking—Yes! That criteria gives us plenty of ‘wiggle-room’ to showcase the many great places to visit–for a week, weekend or just a few hours.
In this segment we visit Fulton, California-based Old World Winery, located about 60 minutes away by car from Vallejo. We recently discovered this destination while browsing along the Wine Road’s annual Winter Wineland event. A perennial wine-lovers favorite due to its amazing lineup of boutique wineries in the Alexander, Russian River and Dry Creek Valleys -this event, coupled with their autumn-timed Wine & Food Affair -offers very unique opportunities to not only sample a broad range of wines but also to experience the “sense of place” where it is still common to find generations of families working the soil and managing winery operations.
Spend a few minutes talking with these families and you get a glimpse of the narratives that drive what is without question very arduous and time-consuming work. Often their stories are imbued with a passion for not only the product but also the legacy that continues like a lengthy vine when the art of wine-growing is passed down through the generations.
We were pleased to discover that Old World Winery is launching a program that offers wine-livers a chance to share in that legacy, making it part of their own legacy to hand-down to their loved ones. On a very rainy Sunday afternoon in the cozy quarters of Old World’s tasting room, owner/winemaker Darek Trowbridge told us about the Adopt-a-Vine program he is launching soon.
Sponsors adopt a vine by paying $100 per vine (see the dedicated plaque in our photo above) for which they can choose a location but not a variety. It is not tax-deductible (Old World is not a non-profit entity), but Trowbridge says that the benefits add up to far more than the value of a strict dollar-cents equation.
Joining the program, he explains, is about:
Being part of the life cycle of the Vine, the passing of time as related to the process of life of the Vine and that includes vinification later. It is about being a part of something greater than ourselves, a community of people looking to gain greater understanding of the natural rhythms of the yearly life cycle as seen through a grapevine and the wine making process. There will be get-togethers offered in the spirit of festivals of the past where I will share the process and the natural rhythms. It is offering something more than just Wine and a BBQ, bringing more reverence to the event and something that builds community as well as a sense of purpose for the sponsor and all those involved.”
Trowbridge says that he intends to offer this opportunity throughout this year until the project of planting the field at the winery is complete.
Read more about Old World Winery’s wines at its website. Those Gamay-Beaujolais lovers who wonder whatever happened to this varietal will find their commentary on Abourious wines especially interesting.
When you go:
Old World Winery
850 River Rd,
ph (707) 490-6696