Everyone knows that northern California boasts world-renowned wineries in Napa Valley and Sonoma County. However, the wineries farther north in the Redding area sometimes fail to receive the same level of attention. As a result, some excellent wineries are flying under the radar.
Located just south of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, the Redding area boasts some small wineries that produce excellent wines. Check out these two outstanding wineries to visit in the Redding area.
1. Moseley Family Cellars
Located on 4712 Mountain Lakes Boulevard, Mosely Family Cellars maintains a commitment to producing outstanding wines to be enjoyed among family. The winery sources its grapes from top vineyards in northern California and southern Oregon and crushes and ferments them on-site to develop wines with unique character.
Moseley Family Cellars produces a number of red wines, including several Cabernet Sauvignons with grapes from various regions. The 2008 Resner Legacy Napa Cabernet Sauvignon features grapes from both Napa and the Atlas Peak area. The result is a Cabernet with black currant and cassis flavors as well as dark chocolate and coffee notes on the finish.
Cabernet lovers should also try the 2014 Gold Stripe Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. It is made from grapes aged for 40 months in American and French oak barrels and features aromas of blueberries, black currant, and black cherries.
In addition to making excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, Moseley Family Cellars produces Zinfandel. The 2014 Ancient Vine Zinfandel is made from grapes that come from vines dating back to 1886. This wine features aromas of red berries, coconut, vanilla, and Bing cherry as well as flavors of ripe red fruit and black pepper.
The winery also produces a red blend called the Le Jardin Rouge, winner of the Bronze Medal at the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. This wine is made from Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, and Viognier. It features flavors of stewed plum, baking spices, and chocolate-covered cherries.
Moseley Family Cellars also makes a number of excellent white wines, especially Chardonnay. In fact, the 2016 Chardonnay Canaan, winner of the Silver Medal at the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, has sold out. However, the winery still offers the 2016 Chardonnay Beurre Blanc. It was aged in French oak and underwent malolactic fermentation. This gives it a buttery taste.
White wine lovers may also want to try the 2017 Chardonnay Premier. It features aromas of white grapefruit and pineapple and flavors of Granny Smith apples, Meyer Lemon, and Bosque pear.
Dedicated to giving back, Moseley Cellars also sells a line of wines under the Hope Rising Wines. Half of the proceeds raised by these wines go to Alliance For Hope International’s Camp HOPE America programs, which serve children and youth affected by domestic violence.
This line of wines includes the 2017 Follow Your Dreams, a Chardonnay made from certified organic vineyards in Los Carneros, and the 2015 Give Hope, Always Hope, a Cabernet Sauvignon made from grapes grown near the Red Hills American Viticultural Area (AVA).
For more information or to learn about events, visit https://www.moseleyfamilycellars.com/.
2. Matson Vineyards
Founded in 1983, Matson Vineyards is the oldest bonded winery in Shasta County. Matson Vineyards is situated just east of Redding. It is owned and operated by enologist and winemaker Roger Matson. He earned a bachelor of science in fermentation science from the University of California, Davis.
The winery produces a number of red and white varietals, including a Zinfandel with aromas of dark plum and exotic spices and flavors of pepper and dark cherry. The winery’s red varietals also include the Stellar Merlot, which features aromas of blueberry, cherry, currant, and rose.
Matson Vineyards’ white varietals include a 2012 Chardonnay with toasty oak and honeysuckle aromas and a long, soft finish. The winery’s white varietals also include the Viognier. With notes of apricot and citrus, this white wine offers flavors of pineapple and oak as well as a long, full finish.
Matson Vineyards also produces several blends, including the Stellar Red. It features Barbera, Merlot, Sangiovese, Grenache, Zinfandel, and Valdiguie. The Stellar Red begins mostly features cherry on the nose but also features a bit of strawberry and cranberry. The winery’s white blends include the Glacier, a dry wine made from French Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Semillon, and Orange Muscat. The aromas are as varied as the grapes and include pear, citrus, peach, and apple.
In addition to offering tastings to the public, Matson Vineyards invites wine lovers to join its Vintner’s Wine Club. Members are invited to Pick Up Parties, where they pick up their wine selections and enjoy wine tastings, music, and delicious food. Membership also comes with tasting room access, discounts on wine and merchandise, and invitations to barrel tastings, new release parties, and private vineyard tours.
For more information, their website is available at http://www.matsonvineyards.com/index.htm.
The above two wineries offer just a glimpse of all that the Redding region has to offer wine lovers. Before visiting, be sure to check the wineries’ respective websites for updates on new releases and upcoming events. You may find this beautiful area becomes one of your favorite places to visit new wineries and sample outstanding California wines.