The Fair Play Wine Trail
The Fair Play wineries are about 45 minutes from the town of Plymouth, CA. Fair Play is a wine appellation or AVA. The elevation and other geographic features make this wine area unique. In Fair Play the wineries are all small and family-owned. The climate and soil conditions are ideal for producing Rhone-style wines. Other grape varieties also grow well here. This is an exciting wine country. Explore it, and you will experience great wine discoveries.
Top Fair Play Wineries
- Cantiga Wineworks – Extended cellaring produce a food-friendly wine
- Skinner Vineyards – Amazing tasting room, view, and Rhone wines
- Cedarville Vineyard – Great Rhone wines, plus terrific Zin and Cab
- Gwinllan Estate – Estate wines, tasting in a wine cave
- Oakstone Winery – Excellent wines at reasonable prices, a throwback
- Colibri Ridge Winery & Vineyards – The views and the wine
Dining and Lodging Recommendations
Winery Descriptions, Driving Directions, Tasting Room Hours
Cantiga Wineworks is a fascinating winery in the area. You are likely to find either winemaker Rich Rorden or his wife Christine Rorden working the tasting room. Rich is an engineer and computer guy who uses his science skills to craft beautiful wines from this region. The wines are aged for long periods and produced in a food-friendly style. We love the Chardonnay wines and the Zinfandel. Cantiga Wineworks is indeed a gem in wine tasting exploration. Cantiga has a terrific video on their Website which clearly shows the uniqueness of wine making at Cantiga.
Tasting room open Friday to Sunday, 11 to 5 pm. Also by appointment
(530) 621-1696, e-mail: info @ cantigawine.com, Go to Website
Skinner is making some amazing wines (Our visit to Skinner). You will find a stunning vista from the tasting room deck and picnic area. This is a great place to picnic. Inside the quaint tasting room, you will find wonderful Rhone-style wines. We love the Grenache Blanc, the Seven Generations (a blend of five Rhone varietals), and the Syrah Stony Creek Vineyard. Have you heard of a Picpoul Blanc? It is at Skinner and only 63 cases last vintage. I hope you get to try some. Don’t forget to pack that lunch!
Tasting room open Thursday through Monday, 11 to 5 pm
(530) 620-2220, e-mail: email@example.com, Go to website
Just a short distance from Skinner is Cedarville Vineyard. Cedarville shares the same entrance road as Single Leaf Vineyard. You will need to call ahead to this winery. Cedarville is only open by appointment. Don’t pass up the chance to visit this winery. Cedarville makes some of the best wines in the Sierra Foothills. The husband-wife team of Jonathan Lachs and Susan Marks are the owners and winemakers. They have put their heart and soul into this winery, and it’s reflected in their fabulous wines. They are very gracious and will give you a brief spiel about the winery and how they make their wines. The Grenache is a rare treat and sells out almost the moment it is released. All the wines, except for the Petite Sirah are estate grown. You will surely want to bring home some wines from Cedarville. The Cedarville wines are high quality and priced perfectly at consumer-friendly prices.
Tasting Room is open by appointment only.
(530) 620-9463, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Go to the website
Drive slowly from the entrance way to get a full experience of the views of the foothills. Once at the tasting room you will be treated to some beautiful estate wines reflecting the terroir of the granite soils in the hilltop region of Fair Play. Gwillan is also a terrific spot to enjoy a picnic lunch just outside the wine cave. Gwillan produces only 600 cases of wine annually. We liked the Chardonnay and the Zinfandel very much.
Tasting room open Friday to Sunday 11-5
(530) 723-2879, Go to website
The Oakstone Winery is owned and operated by John Smith. John produces some outstanding wines including a Torrontes. This is a very floral white wine, and Oakstone is one of the few California that makes this wine. Also on the list of wine to try, the Tempranillo, Barbera, and Zinfandel. The wines are available only at the tasting room or by mail order.
Tasting room open Friday through Sunday, 11 to 5 pm
(530) 620-5303, e-mail: email@example.com, Go to website
Colibri Ridge Winery & Vineyard
Colibri means hummingbird and this cute little winery has lots to hum about their wines. The wines are delicious and more than likely winery owner/winemaker John Alexander will be working in the tasting room and cellars. The views are terrific and this is another good spot for a picnic lunch.
Tasting room open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
(530) 620-7255, Go to website
Fair Play Wine Route Map
Go to the Fair Play Wineries Website (Wines with an Altitude) for a complete list of Fair Play wineries and tasting rooms.