California WineWorks is a Custom Winemaking Facility located in Bergen County, NJ. Our focus is on you, having fun, and helping you create your wine.
By paring down winemaking to its simplest form and demystifying the process, we hope to encourage a life-long interest in making wine and foster a sense of community among our winemakers.
We achieve this by Sourcing Premium Fruit, Practicing a Minimal Intervention Philosophy to deliver a balanced product, Providing all of the tools needed through the entire process.
NEWS FROM THE VINEYARDS
The 2021 vintage is dormant right now. Looking forward to Growth starting in March. For details on the weather, click HERE.
2020 Vintage Bottling Dates
July 24, 25, 31, Aug 1 Perfect for Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Rose, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc
August 13,14, 15, 27, 28, 29
Pretty much fine for everything else: Napa and Sonoma level Cabernet, Meritage, Syrah, Cab/Syrah Blends, Zinfandel, etc.
September 9, 10, 11, 12 Ditto…Perfect for the heavier Reds, i.e. Napa Cabernet, Syrah, etc.
We are based on the California Harvest cycle so we get most of our fruit in early to mid October.
We sell 3 different quality levels of fruit. We have branded them California, Sonoma and Napa (think good, better, best).
At each quality level, we sell quarter, half and full barrels. At the Napa level we have American and French Oak options. The entire process takes about a year to complete (think October - for the Crush & Press, to the following August/September for Bottling).
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