enaissance Vineyard and Winery is located in Yuba County. To the southwest lie Marysville and the Central Valley. To the east are the Gold Rush towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City.
During the Gold Rush, the wine region of Yuba became famous throughout the United States. Fortune Magazine recognized this fact in its 1933 issue describing the wine regions of the U.S. (see map). A group of French settlers, who founded nearby Frenchtown, were making Cognac-style brandy during this period. Marysville, thirty miles from Renaissance, boasted the largest winery in the state. A man named L.B. Clark had planted 50,000 vines on his 600-acre Rancho Virginia at Collins Lake, only 5 miles from Renaissance. Winemaking was very successful in North Yuba until the early 1880s, when hydraulic mining was severely restricted by law. Soon the mining population dwindled, which in turn forced many farms to be abandoned.
It would not be until the members of the Fellowship of Friends purchased its land in 1971 and created Renaissance Vineyard and Winery that this region would once again regain its world-class winemaking status.
Well this was an experience! Appointment only. Greeted by an security gate from which we followed our wine guide in. The grounds were beautiful but the tasting area left something to be desired. He poured us 6 wonderful wines ranging from piont to port, all quite good. He was friendly & knowledgeable about both the wine & the history. Our first adventure into sierra foothills wine was unique, we left with almost a case.
Great selection of well aged wines obviously produced from a master. Beautiful grounds and atmosphere. Thank you and see you again soon.