If you’ve never drank wine in a cave, then you need to get on out to Vina Castellano! Their tasting room is situated inside a large cave, and it’s pretty neat. It’s got an awesome vibe, with lights strung around, heaters to make it cozy, and lots of tables to sit at and enjoy a glass of wine. They’ve got a cool family winemaking story that’s pretty well regarded in the Auburn Wine Trail region.
We tasted some interesting wines, starting with a Sauvignon Blanc, then moving through a Rose, and a nice blend of Cabernet Franc, Grenache, and Syrah that they call their Abuelita, made in honor of the winemaker’s grandmother. We tasted 3 different vintages of their Tempranillo, each a little different from the other. They’re known for their Tempranillos, and you can definitely see why! Then on to 2 different Cabernet Francs, one unfiltered that was incredible, then through 2 vintages of Syrah. It was very cool to be able to taste all the different vintages of the same variety so that you could compare the different years and note their nuances.
We did 2 videos here, one inside the cave so you could check it out, and one as we drove out the driveway since it was so beautiful!