February 11 & 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
2017 Wine & Chocolate Weekend
The Madera Vintners Association’s family wineries will host the Madera Wine Trail’s “Wine & Chocolate Weekend” on February 11 through 12, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Do something unique for Valentine's Day! Enjoy wine tasting at *participating wineries, chocolate sampling, live music, delicious food and gift shopping!
How it Works...
With your ticket, start your tour at any participating winery, either Saturday or Sunday. At the winery you will receive a passport wine glass & wristband good for wine tasting all weekend - both days! Taste a wide variety of local wines as you visit each participating winery on the Madera Wine Trail, and enjoy other activities and food which are available.
Transportation is not included in your ticket. Designated Drivers are always welcome and encouraged on the Madera Wine Trail, and they are always FREE of charge! Please notify the check-in table at your first stop on the Trail to receive your complimentary pass. CLICK HERE for other transportation recommendations. Groups of 16 and under can only be accepted and no vehicles larger than limousine or small bus size.
Tickets are $25 if purchased in advance. Tickets are $30 if purchased the day of the event*. Tickets are available online in advance and during the event*, or at Toca Madera Winery or San Joaquin Wine Company in advance and during the event*
*A limited number of tickets are available for this event and are subject to selling out before the event starts in which case no tickets will be sold online or at the door during the event weekend.
*Attention large groups and transportation companies:
Tickets can be purchased for groups of 16 or under only. Wineries will only accept groups of 16 and under on Wine Trail Weekend at the check-in table and tasting rooms.
When you complete your ticket purchase online, you will be emailed a ticket. Please show your printed ticket, or ticket by smartphone, to any *participating winery any time during the event, Saturday and/or Sunday between 10 am- 5 pm. At the event when you present your ticket at that winery location you will be given a wristband and wine glass. The wristband will allow you entrance to all of the participating wineries throughout both days of the event.
(this list is subject to change between events):
Fasi Estate Winery
Idle Hour Winery
San Joaquin Wine Company
Toca Madera Winery
Westbrook Wine Farm - temporarily closed during this event due to current weather caused road conditions
What’s Happening At Each Winery... (Details will continue to be added)
Birdstone Winery: 9400 Road 36, Madera
Begin your 2017 Madera Wine Trail Wine & Chocolate Weekend experience at Birdstone Winery. Birdstone will host live music both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, The Marie Wilson Band will perform from 11 am – 2 pm. On Sunday, The Henderson Project will perform from Noon – 3 pm. For lunch each day enjoy a wonderful lunch prepared by Chef Michael Mazzoni. Great food, music, award winning wines, specialty chocolates and warm friendly people make Birdstone Winery a necessary stop on this wine trail adventure.
Ficklin Vineyards: 30246 Avenue 7 1/2, Madera
Spend your Valentine's Day weekend tasting the perfect pairing of Port and chocolate at Ficklin Vineyards. Sample toffee, truffles, chocolates--as well as kettle corn, cheeses and other treats-- from some of the Valley's finest vendors. Grab a bite to eat with Mattie's Mobile Pizza Oven, including their special heart-shaped pizza. Enjoy our historic winery while you relax in our courtyard, or savor a Payne Mason cigar overlooking our vineyard. We'll be decked out for Valentine's Day with special Ports to taste, including the new release of our popular Rosé Port. Luscious flavors of strawberry and sweet pomegranate, with watermelon, and a finish of passion fruit make this the perfect Valentine's Day Port! We'll have all new photo spots for you to enjoy. And our Tasting Room will feature Valentine's Day gifts complete with ribbons and cards for perfect Valentine's Day gift giving, and special pricing so you can also treat yourself!
Ficklin Vineyards will be open on Wine Trail Weekend from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Idle Hour Winery: 41139 Highway 41, Oakhurst
Do you have an Idle Hour? Come enjoy the beauty of the mountains and take a ride up to Oakhurst over Wine Trail Weekend! Local vendors will have great products on sale. We will be pouring our new Winter releases of Chardonnay, Viognier, Tempranillo, Syrah, GSM and Cabernet Franc!
Papagni Wines: 9505 Road 30 ½, Madera
Desiring to create a memorable “Wine and Chocolate Weekend” for tasting room visitors on February 11th and 12th, Papagni Wines will combine the pouring of selected award-winning wines with hand-crafted chocolates from Fab Delights, the full array of pizzas from Paul’s Rustic Oven, and exhibits from local artists within the romantic atmosphere of the upcoming Valentine’s Day celebration. Papagni’s bold reds (2012 Alicante Bouschet and 2015 Tesoro D’Angelo Red Blend), refreshing (2014 Malvasia Bianca, 2015 Grenache Rose, and 2015 Pinot Grigio), and special dessert wines (NV Muscat Canelli, and 2003 Alicante Bouschet Dessert), will be enjoyed with narrative description. Updated information on prestigious awards for our recently-released wines will be provided at the sales desk, and escorted winery tours will be available upon request. Come and let us put a little romance into your Valentine’s Day!!!
Fäsi Estate Winery: 42415 Road 208, Friant, CA 93626 (15 minutes north of Fresno right off Highway 41 on Road 208)
Are you ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day with delicious Swiss chocolates and amazing award-winning wines? The team at Fäsi Estate Winery would like to invite you and your Valentine to a weekend that will truly awaken your senses. The drive is beautiful and scenic, and you will find it to have been well worth it when you arrive at our newly renovated estate. Relax and take in our pristine grounds as our hosts walk you through three amazing pairings. You will be able to enjoy our 2015 Chardonnay paired with warm flaky quiche, 2015 Syrah Rosé paired with chocolate covered strawberries, and our newly released FÄSI ARGENTINA Red Blend paired with premium Swiss chocolates. We hope you will join us for this incredible Valentine’s Day celebration weekend!
San Joaquin Wine Company - 21821 Avenue 16, Madera
Make sure to bring your sweetheart to San Joaquin Wine Company during the “Wine & Chocolate” weekend for an incomparably romantic experience, with new releases and sweet deals! Sample our array of red, white and sweet award-winning wines and be sure to grab some gourmet eats from Gastro Grill, who will be on-site. A variety of tantalizing chocolates and other goodies will be for sale from The Chocolate Dachshund and Terri Sue’s Toffee. Browse through exceptional quality products, including Skylake Ranch pomegranate products, Granny Bea’s handcrafted soaps, and Miner’s Mix seasonings and rubs. Kick back to the sounds of Borrowed Time on Saturday from 12:30-4pm and Rhythm Review on Sunday from 12:30-4pm.
Toca Madera Winery: 36140 Avenue 9, Madera
Please join us in our beautiful backyard to enjoy our hand-crafted estate wines, music, chocolate, craft vendors and non-stop fun! Taste our wines that just won gold and silver medals at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!
Tickets are non-refundable or exchangeable. Ages 21 and over only.