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Parducci Winery–The Oldest Winery in Mendocino County–Since 1932!

October 13, 2015
parducci winery

When one thinks of Wine Country–Napa or Sonoma County might come to mind but Wine Country extends way above those county boarders into Mendocino County. Home of some of the most historical, beautiful and friendly wineries and literally right off the 101 lies the oldest and most historic winery in Mendocino County–The Parducci Winery.

  The Parducci family moved from Tuscany Italy in the 1920’s straight to the small town of Ukiah and opened the Parducci Winery in 1932. They were the family known for putting Mendocino County on the “Wine Country Map.” I never met John Parducci (who recently passed away in 2014)–head of the winery but I did know Vernon Parducci or as many called him Vern. He and his wife Edith were neighbor’s to my family when I was young. He was such an incredibly kind man and always let my friends and I ride our bikes and roller blades in their driveway or bought whatever candy bars we were selling for school–never turning us away. He even had his driveway re-paved so that it was nice and smooth for us to ride on. Edith was just as sweet–I remember selling magazine subscriptions for school and she would tell us to come in and sit down to choose which subscriptions we wanted, then purchased them for us–how thoughtful was that? However, I did get to see Vern’s ornery side when he would sit at our family table for dinner. I had the joy of watching him hassle one of the other guests–it was hilarious–full of life he was! And of course in his chivalrous manner every dinner was returned with a beautiful thank you note–he had the most beautiful handwriting.

The road to the winery is lovely and on the right you will pass their organic garden.

road to the parducci winery

Here are a few things the Parducci Winery has to offer:

*$5 wine tasting fee waived with purchase
*Tours by appointment–30 minute historical
*Locally crafted foods for sale–I saw some Kilkenny Kitchen Salads in the fridge.
*Family friendly
*Dog friendly – It’s ok to bring your dog!
*Indoor tasting area
*Organic gardens
*Picnic on the patio
*Winery practices sustainable agriculture/production
*Winery can host corporate functions up to 350 people

parducci winery organic garden

parducci winery organic garden

olive trees at parducci winery

parducci winery entrance

parducci winery side view

parducci winery entrance

parducci winery hours

roses at parducci winery

The inside reminds me so much of Vern Parducci’s Home.

entrance in parducci winery

inside parducci winery 2015

architecture at parducci winery

architecture at parducci winery

architecture at parducci winery
inside parducci winery

The Snack area–they had crackers, olive oil, Mendocino Mustard and Salads from the Kilkenny Kitchen in Ukiah.

food and drinks at parducci winery

clothes to buy at parducci winery

wine candles parducci winery

parducci winery gift shop

The True Grit Reserve is available online.

parducci winery reserve wine

I love how they used these grape stalks-genius!

fall decor at parducci winery 2015

fall decor at parducci winery 2015

They have concerts in the spring where these grounds get packed.

outdoor space at parducci winery

parducci winery patio

Heading down this pathway takes you to the old Parducci Home that used to be open for tours.

parducci winery path

fountain at parducci winery

fountain at parducci winery

The Scale house–the old Parducci home-so cute!

old parducci home

old parducci house

front door on old parducci home

It looks as if this place has never had a face-lift. However, I find it adorbale–kind of like Julia Child’s home–just as it was when the Parducci’s were raising their family in it.

old parducci kitchen

The Cellar house below.

the cellar house at parducci winery

the cellar house at parducci winery

There is a lot of beautiful scenery.

garden at parducci winery

old bell at parducci winery

parducci wine callar

Hours: Open to the Public – Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Address: 501 Parducci Rd, Ukiah, CA 95482

Phone: 707.463.5357

E-mail: tastingroom@parducci.com

My Quick Take: If you love History and want to get away from the hustle and bustle and relax in a down to earth town then the Parducci Winery is for you.

Thanks for stopping by!

XO,

Goldie+James

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