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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.
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.
*Dog friendly – It’s ok to bring your dog!
*Indoor tasting area
*Picnic on the patio
*Winery practices sustainable agriculture/production
*Winery can host corporate functions up to 350 people
The inside reminds me so much of Vern Parducci’s Home.
The True Grit Reserve is available online.
I love how they used these grape stalks-genius!
They have concerts in the spring where these grounds get packed.
Heading down this pathway takes you to the old Parducci Home that used to be open for tours.
The Scale house–the old Parducci home-so cute!
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.
The Cellar house below.
There is a lot of beautiful scenery.
Hours: Open to the Public – Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Address: 501 Parducci Rd, Ukiah, CA 95482
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!