This past weekend, Suveg Cellars held its grand opening for its tasting room on California Street in Yucaipa. On Saturday, June 23, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held.
The tasting room has a warm rustic feeling upon entering. The walls are lined with pictures, news stories and awards that have been given to the winery. A small stage is featured near the entrance for live entertainment.
“I think today represents an opportunity to reflect on where we started and the journey that has led us to this location. It’s a testament to the hard work of all the people involved and it has been quite a ride,” said owner Craig Suveg.
Before the cutting of the ribbon, Suveg introduced those that have been with the winery from the beginning and made the journey possible. Mike Stubbs, Head of Accounting, Jay Fritzsche, Head of Operations and of course, his wife and co-owner Karen Suveg. Craig also recognized city council members in attendance, Denise Allen and David Avila.
Suveg Cellars is Yucaipa’s first fully bonded and licensed winery and was established in 2010. It has received numerous recognition's, including over 30 national and international distinctions.
Wine tastings are $15 per person, with the tasting fee waved upon purchasing a single bottle of wine per person. With each tasting you receive six 1-ounce pours of the wines of your choice. The tasting room features only Suveg wine, both white and red and of French and Italian varieties.
Currently there are 14 wines available for tasting and those include such wines as Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon and the more obscure Nero D’Avola, which is a Sicilian wine that just won a gold medal with 90 points in the Los Angeles International Wine Compe-tition.
Suveg Cellars now also offers a wine club with two different levels each featuring a different discount. With both levels, members are invited to quarterly and annual wine pick parties, offered discounted rates on merchandise and special events and offered free weekly wine tastings at the tasting room.
The public tasting room is located at 12132 California St. in Yucaipa. It is open Fridays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 10 p.m., with hopes of adding Wednesdays and Thursdays in the near future.
As for the future of Suveg Cellars, it is beginning the process of building out the back of the tasting room building to serve as a winery as it has currently outgrown its old facility on Ironwood Drive. The winery, when finished, will also serve as an event center.
On Mondays and Tuesdays, the tasting room is closed to the public as classes are held. Upcoming courses include introduction to the world of wine, wine regions of the world, home wine-making, perfect food and wine pairings and more. To enroll in a class visit the cellars website.
For more information, visit www.suvegcellars.com or call the private tasting room at 951-357-8564 or the California Street tasting room at 768-2220.