Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Mr Kevin Romick posted these photos to his Facebook page on Saturday, September 10, 2022. Images are from Oakley, CA.

“The harvest continues this morning with the Petite Sirah varietal. Each bin holds about a 1/2 ton of grapes. These are headed to the Three Wine Company in Clarksburg for crushing and wine making.”

Three Wine Company website:

August 17, 2022: Joel Peterson of Once & Future Wine Co. captured the following photo of the Oakley harvest.

Once and Future Wine website:

This 2022 Vimeo video from Hardy & Kate Wallace’s Extradimensional Wine Co. YEAH! highlights a visit to the “Evangelho Vineyard” in northeast Antioch, CA.

“Evangelho: Winds, Acids, & Sand”

Extradimensional Wine Co. YEAH! bottles a limited single-vineyard Mourvèdre from the “Evangelho Vineyard”.

The winery’s upcoming release includes the 2021 “Nightlight Red” blend, composed of 68% old-growth Contra Costa Mourvèdre from the “Del Barba Vineyard” along with ancient-vine Mendocino County Carignan, and a small percentage of Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel.

Extradimensional Wine Co. YEAH! website:

Vimeo page: Extradimensional Wine CO. Yeah!

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Sandlands Vineyards has begun its Spring 2023 release of wines. Included among the bottlings are the Contra Costa County Mataro and Carignane, both from the same century-old planting in Oakley, CA.

From the winery website:

2021 Contra Costa County Mataro

“The vineyard was planted in the 1920s in what is classified as Dehli blow sand (decomposed granite that has been deposited by wind and water).”

“Blackberry, drift wood, plum, white pepper, finishes with round, structured tannin.
12.8% alc. 7 barrels produced.”

2021 Contra Costa County Carignane

“Salted plum, cranberry, dried fennel, structured, energetic tannins. 12.5% alc. 3 barrels produced.”

Sandlands Vineyard website: