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 2019 vintage continues to move at a rapid pace. For details on the weather, click HERE.
Participation will be limited to control social distancing and crowd sizes. Please respect the limits as described in Craig's most recent email. Shout if you have any questions.
July 25th and 26th … Pinot Noirs, light Cab Francs, and many of the California and Sonoma Level Wines
August 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th Pretty much fine for everything. Pinots would be better earlier. Napa and Sonoma level Cabernets, Meritages, Syrahs, Cab/Syrah Blends, Zinfandels, etc.
September 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th … Ditto . Perfect for the heavier Reds, i.e. Napa Cabernets, Syrahs, 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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