Did you know that Scott Harvey was instrumental in creating a new wine tasting destination in Amador County? Grand Re-Opening is June 1st, and we hope you’ll join us!
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Sutter Creek, CA: Scott Harvey Wines, chosen by Trip Advisor as the #1 attraction in Sutter Creek, is celebrating the Grand Opening of their expanded Tasting Room on June 1st, as the culmination of a mission to create a new wine tasting destination in Amador County. How did Winemaker Scott Harvey help transform an historical Gold Rush town known as the “Jewel of the Mother Lode” to a charming wine center?
6 years ago, Scott and his wife Jana envisioned a tasting venue where people could both dine and lodge within walking distance of the tasting room. Sutter Creek, the most picturesque town in Gold Country, would be the ideal showcase for Amador County wine and provide just the place for responsible wine tasting—where people enjoy a flight of wine and stroll to dinner and back to the hotel. Scott and Jana took the leap in early 2007, joining just one other tasting room in town—Sutter Creek Wine Tasting.
Later in the year, Pat Crosby, former City Councilman of Sutter Creek, (the town is a registered California Landmark,) approached winemaker Scott Harvey with a proposition. “I would really like this town to become a wine destination. Can you help in developing Sutter Creek into a wine lover’s destination?” Scott approached the city with a tasting room prospectus at Pat’s behest.
Scott had already built a reputation making Amador Wines for Santino Winery, which he later developed into Renwood, and had a strong affiliation with Amador County wines. “What better place for people to appreciate the Barbera, Zinfandel, and Syrah that make the mountain region of Amador County so unique than right near the vineyards of the Shenandoah Valley.”
Scott Harvey was instrumental in contacting other wineries to open a satellite in the town Sunset Magazine calls “The Jewel of the Sierra.” By 2013, additional wineries on Main St. include Cinque, Bella Grace, Andis, Yorba with Baiocchi and Sutter Ridge opening this summer . The group of tasting rooms is now known as Wine on Main.
Today, the Scott Harvey Wines Tasting Room is ranked the #1 attraction in Sutter Creek by Trip Advisor, lauded by reviewers for the friendly and knowledgeable tasting room staff, and wide variety of celebrated wines, from Amador County Zinfandel to Napa Valley Cabernet, to a favorite among visitors, Scott Harvey’s port-style wine, Forte.
The tasting room staff keeps visitors coming back. Muffin and Kelsey created Locals Night – now a highly anticipated monthly themed event– from Fiesta Night to Toga Night– featuring tasty morsels. A very active wine club membership enjoys food and wine pairings, special events, and vineyard tours.
Scott and Jana have now enhanced their Sutter Creek Tasting room experience. A newly expanded and welcoming back patio features comfortable tables and chairs. Flowers and greenery have been freshly planted by Scott’s daughter, Michelle, giving tasters a delightful respite for their personalized tasting experience, or to enjoy a glass of one of Scott Harvey’s award-winning selection of over 15 wines. A barbecue grill has just been added for special events and the enjoyment of wine club frequent get-togethers. June 1st marks the Grand Opening of the Scott Harvey Tasting Room Patio.
“As far as we’re concerned, we have the best tasting room visitors in California,” said Tasting Room Manager Muffin Simpson. “We love making the tasting room experience fun and enjoy introducing guests to varietals they might not have tasted before, such as Scott’s Barbera (the J&S Reserve Barbera did win Gold at the California State Fair) and dessert wines such as our Riesling-based Ice-style Wine, Angel Eis.”
“Because of Scott’s Old World style of winemaking, visitors are always telling us that they like all the wines they’ve tasted on our menu,” she continued. “Scott makes our job easy. All we have to do is open the bottles and pour. His award-winning varietals speak for themselves. Next thing you know, they join one of our Wine Clubs and become regulars.”
About Scott Harvey Wines:
Handcrafted wines from Amador County and Napa Valley, Scott Harvey Wines produces wines under three labels: Scott Harvey Wines, Jana Winery and InZinerator. Established in 2004, Scott Harvey Wines features Amador County Barberas, Zinfandels and Syrahs, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, along with a variety of one-of-a-kind white and red wine blends. Creator of “niche wines that over deliver,” Scott Harvey, owner and winemaker, has been making quality wines for over 30 years.
79 Main Street
Sutter Creek, California
Located in the heart of California’s Gold Country
Open 11:00-5:00 Thursday to Monday