Murphys is a historic small town in the Sierra Foothills on Highway 4 in Calaveras County, just up the hill from Angel’s Camp. There are several historic landmarks in the town, the most notable being the Murphys Hotel built in 1856. This is fun town to visit because of its history, quaint shops, good restaurants, and most importantly for us, the amazing number of good wineries in and around Murphys.
There are 23 wineries in Calaveras County, with most of these close to Murphys. Over the course of a few visits, we have tasted at most these wineries and have come to know and appreciate several of them. We will be writing in future blogs about our favorites.
In the town, itself, are 12 wineries that have tasting rooms. Since Murphys is only a few blocks long, the tasting rooms are within an easy walking distance of one another. No need to drive, just take a leisurely stroll through this historic town.
The most fun for us is to visit a working winery, and you can find those just a few miles from Murphys. There is Ironstone Vineyards, which is mostly designed to attract the tourists with a wonderful garden, deli, and gift shop. Stevenot Winery has located off Sheep Ranch Road about 4 miles away and has been around for a long time. Recently the winery was sold, but so far the new owners seem to be doing things just right, their wines are a treat.
On Highway 4 near the town of Vallecito, there are several good wineries that make for a great day of wine tasting. There is Twisted Oak, Irish Vineyards, Chatom Vineyards, and Indian Rock to name our favorites.
There are plenty of restaurants and accommodations in town to meet a variety of needs. If you like outdoor activities such golf, fishing, hiking, biking, and serious cycling, it’s all there in Murphys. It is truly a great little wine town.