Spring is in the air, and you know what that means: It’s time to talk about wine tasting in the Central Valley! The Madera Wine Trail is a collaboration of eight family wineries in neighboring Madera County, all belonging to the Madera Vintners Association. As such, the wineries are quaint and a short drive on highways 41 and 99. These local operations also give you an opportunity to potentially meet the winemakers themselves (I can attest to that at Papagni’s).
I would consider the Madera Wine Trail the Central Valley’s hidden gem; a gem that should be visited especially if you live in Fresno or Fresno County (since the wineries aren’t very far!).
As of last week, it seems as though all of these wineries are open, at least on weekends. Be sure to check out the Madera Wine Trail map (the featured image of this post) for each winery’s hours, website, and number before visiting them.