Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Beauty of Ironstone Vineyards and Winery - Murphys California

After camping near lake Pinecrest in the Sierras a couple weeks ago, I made a trip to one of the most beautiful wineries in California - Ironstone Vineyards and Winery in Murphys in the heart of California’s scenic Gold Rush Country.

Founded by John Kautz and his wife Gail in 1988, the visually stunning winery is also home to a Gold Rush Museum, a Horse Shoe shaped amphitheatre where they host large concerts, and beautiful gardens which makes it a great tourist destination for the entire family. Adjacent to the tasting room they have Gourmet Delicatessen as well as The Heritage Museum which features forty-four pound Crystalline Gold Leaf Specimen - the largest in the world.

Completed in 1998, the Ironstone Amphitheatre features a five-tier, horseshoe-shaped outdoor amphitheatre where every summer they host the Ironstone Summer Concert Series the annual Concours d'Elegance car and club show in September, as well as several other events throughout the year.

Ironstone Vineyards and Winery is definitely a beautiful winery, and there wines are “affordable” and moderately priced, but not all that impressive.