Ironstone Vineyards: a California Gold Rush Adventure
Deep in the Sierra Foothills, California’s largest winery and entertainment complex strikes it rich with visitors in the gold country.
Directions to Ironstone Vineyards
Ironstone Vineyards is built into the hillside a few miles outside the town of Murphy’s, California.
There are two routes which approach the vineyard from either side: Highway 4 is a recently updated two lane highway which winds through the small gold rush towns of Copperopollis, Angels Camp and Murphys; Murphys Grade Rd. is a smaller two lane road which also leads into town. Once on Main St. in Murphys, visitors to Ironstone Vineyards should turn on to South Algers St. and continue south onto Six Mile Rd.
Six Mile Rd. is a windy back-country route which leads to the winery . For more adventurous travelers, Six Mile Rd turns into a dirt trail just south of the winery and meets up with highway 4 outside of town. (Although dusty, it is possible to escape a concert crowd by traveling this way.)
Ironstone Amphitheatre and other Amenities
In addition to acres of vineyards and views of California unchanged since the gold rush days, Ironstone boasts a unique number of amenities. Features of the winery include the Heritage Museum, a wine production facility, tasting room, gourmet delicatessen, Jewelry Shoppe and outdoor amphitheatre.
Completed in 1998, the Ironstone Amphitheatre is a five tier horseshoe shaped arena with plenty of lawn seating to accommodate a large crowd. Every year this unique venue hosts the Ironstone Summer Concert Series and the Concours d’Elegance Car and Club Show. The Ironstone Amphitheatre was built as a cultural center for the community in order to help preserve history as well as promote the arts.
Ironstone Vineyard and the surrounding facilities house and display many cultural artifacts for visitors to enjoy. Some beloved antiques and points of interest include the 42 ft stone fireplace, the antique oak bar and the historic Alhambra Theatre pipe organ. In addition, the Heritage Museum proudly houses the largest crystalline gold specimen in the world.
Ironstone grows, produces and sells wine on location. Ironstone Vineyards produces a variety of signature wines including Verdelho, “Old Vine” Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Petite Sirah. Tours of the facility are offered regularly. Wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, gold panning and entertainment are offered daily at the Ironstone Vineyards and surrounding entertainment complex.
Whether wine tasting, touring the facilities or enjoying the entertainment, Ironstone Vineyards combines a historic setting with state of the art amenities for a true gold rush adventure.