Open: Year Round
Chatom Vineyards is nestled in the breathtaking Esmeralda Valley of the Sierra Foothills in Calaveras County. The valley was originally planted with low field crops, fruits and nut trees. When Gay Callan, owner and native San Franciscan, purchased the property in 1980, her vision was to plant a vineyard. Her first varietals were then planted in 1981, totaling 21 acres of Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc.
Today, the vineyard boasts 13 varietals planted on 65 acres, including Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, Sangiovese and 5 Portuguese varietals. Gay Callan and the entire Chatom Family invite you to enjoy the beautiful scenery, wonderful award- winning wines and the relaxing atmosphere of Calaveras County and the Sierra Foothills.
Just attended a frienda wedding at this location! Very nice! The grounds are well manicured, and beautiful gardens. Really, just walking around in their gardens was nice. The tasting room is tasteful with a gorgeous concrete bar top and nice clean colors throughout. The staff was friendly and helpful. I dont know if the catering was done through the winery, but if it was, excellent food. The wine itself was great, though I have to admit with the California foothill heat (100 degree wedding!) I opted for a crisp refreshing rose. It didnt dissapoint. If you head up to Murphys for a day of tasting, this is on your way in and a good spot to start.
Used to be a 5 but like a lot of businesses it was recently sold and the culture has completely changed. Unfortunately it went in the snooty direction and it used to be more about fun. Lost its mojo!
Great selection of wines and was a good place to start the President's Day Weekend tasting
Worth a visit when in Murphys or driving buy. Nice grounds. Good for picnic. No tasting fees. They have a large selection of wine with many of them open for tasting. So be prepared to spend some time. The staff is very friendly and competent. So you need even more time to engage a bit and ask questions. The wines are decent. Many standards (Merlot, CS, etc.) that are just made the way you would expect them. Which also means you won't remember them. And they are priced that way, so no particular value. There Esmeralda Syrah is quite memorable however, but then at $38 priced accordingly. They also have a few unexpected ones that sound interesting but then disappoint a bit in execution (Sangiovese, Semillon, Touriga). The cuvee (an odd blend of Rhone, Bordeaux, Zin and Touriga) is a positive surprise. Full bodied and well balanced with some interesting notes. At $12 very good value.
The upcoming Chatom Vineyards auction is going to be exciting!