F e a t u r e d W i n e r y
SAN JOAQUIN WINERY
Retail Sales to the Public: Monday – Friday 8:30 – 4:30
Groups of 8+ need to call office to make an appointment.
W I N E R Y
Steve Schafer started San Joaquin Wine Co. in 2005 as the fulfillment of a personal passion. Steve, being in a family farming business along with his father “Corky” and brother Mike, has grown primarily wine and raisin grapes along with almonds for over 30 years in Madera, California. In the business, Steve manages the grape acreage, while Mike manages the almond acreage and dad looks over his sons to keep them out of trouble. They farm 12 wine varieties including: Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Grenache. Our mission is “To produce the highest quality wines possible at affordable prices from select local grape varieties.”
San Joaquin Wine Co mission statement is “To produce the highest quality wines possible at affordable prices from select local grape varieties.” Steve and his wife Cindy have always enjoyed drinking wine along with their many good friends, including Joey and Diane Sagariballa, who would become partners in the business in 2008. So when Steve brought home the idea that he was interested in fulfilling his dream of owning a winery, he received full support from Cindy and his 3 children. Thus, in 2005 Steve began purchasing winery equipment and stainless steel tanks to install at the 21801 Avenue 16, Madera, CA location. In 2006 Steve chose a few select varieties from his local ranches with his winemaker Lee Nesbitt’s approval of the quality of those grapes, and the winemaking process began! Crush had to take place at an outside facility until finally in 2008 all the equipment was ready to crush on site. Since then, all processes have been completed at the winery, including bottling. The first 4 wines were finished and ready to bottle in November 2008, just before the November wine trail event. Moody Press was chosen as the first label, with artwork by Fresnan Dennis Waring. The Moody Press label features “Mercury” relaxing with a glass of fine wine. Thus Moody Press Cellars was also created.