Central Valley’s Madera Wine Trail

The Madera Wine Trail is a collaboration of nine family wineries in Madera County, belonging to the Madera Vintners Association. As such, the wineries are quaint; cute and relatively small. This gives you an opportunity to potentially meet the winemakers themselves (I can attest to that at Papagni’s). Six of the wineries are near the 99, with three to the west and another three to the east. The other three of them are further up north on the 41, between Oakhurst and the 145. I would consider the Madera Wine Trail the Central Valley’s hidden gem; a gem that should be visited especially if you live in Fresno (since the wineries aren’t very far!).

As of last week, all of these wineries have began to open up. However, not all of the wineries are opening up the same way, as some don’t have tasting rooms open at the moment. I can confirm that two wineries did have their tasting rooms open: San Joaquin Winery and Papagni Wines. Be sure to check out the Madera Wine Trail map (the featured image of this post) for each winery’s hours, website, and number before visiting them.