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A GLIMPLSE OF WINE COUNTRY IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY

With its gently rounded hills, ninety acres of lush vineyard land, and warm breezes softly playing through the grapevines, Agua Dulce Vineyards could easily be mistaken at first glimpse for one of the premier wineries in Napa. But it is only with the taste of one of their wines lingering on your palate that you will realize that you are experiencing what has to be described as world-class wine. What makes this all the more remarkable is that Agua Dulce Vineyards, its breathtaking vistas and equally stunning wines are only forty-five minutes from downtown LA.

Wine Country

Don and Cathy MacAdam originally had different plans for their land. They were either going to split the property up into 10 acre parcels or make it a farm. But then they wondered whether the soil would work for grape growing. They decided to do a little research on whether wine had ever been grown in the area and discovered that in the late 1800's and early 1900's; Los Angeles and Orange County were the largest wine producing areas in the world with over one million cases produced in 1889 alone. Unfortunately back then, many factors like inflated land prices and impending Prohibition contributed to the elimination of vineyards.

Excited about the possibilities of breathing life back into the Los Angeles winery scene, Don and Cathy decided to have tests done on the soil. Thankfully for us, the glowing results showed their land to be ideally suited for growing grapes. In 1999 they planned the first 40 acres at the same time that long time zoning issues eased up. The winery officially opened in 2001 and they haven't looked back. Their wines have garnered awards at virtually every prestigious competition in which they have been entered and are equally well received in their tasting room.

Agua Dulce Vineyards is a traditional winery that also provides fun things to do for the kids. They have a small animal exhibit, a soccer field and plenty of land on which kids can play while their parents relax and sample amazing wines (it is a family owned winery and Don and Cathy want everyone to feel at home there). Their gift shop, geared toward people who enjoy being in the kitchen and love to be around food and wine, provides a wide selection of unique, gourmet items.

They also offer membership in their Wine Club which features special wines delivered straight to your door every few months as well as wine classes, and food and wine pairing classes which help people determine for themselves what works for their own palates. The classes are fun, informative and provide guests at the winery with the opportunity to learn about wine first hand from those who grow it and make it. A note to the sentimental among us (and who isn't): An intimate wine dinner limited to one hundred couples is scheduled at Agua Dulce Vineyards for Valentine's Day.

It really is the taste and feel of Napa in our own backyard.

Agua Dulce Vineyards
9640 Sierra Highway
Agua Dulce, California 91390
(661) 268-7402


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