Over 50 winemakers from the Tri-State area of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio have been in Fairfield this week visiting Suisun Valley wineries and other nearby wine regions.
They are all here as part of a tour organized by CFP Winemakers, a company that services wineries and home wine makers with all supplies needed to make their own wine - everything from grapes and fruit juice to equipment and barrels. CFP has worked closely with Suisun Valley winemakers for years, supplying the local grapes to the clients back East.
"Suisun Valley is the heart and soul of our program," said said Ron Casertano of CFP Winemakers. "It's what we are most excited about. Our most premium grapes, the very best, come from Suisun Valley."
There are 51 people on this Northern California tour, Casertano said. A little more than half have their own wineries and tasting rooms, while about 40 percent are at-home winemakers.
This is the second tour to come out to California in the last several years and it is a great opportunity for the wine makers to meet the growers in-person and also see where their grapes come from.
Ron Lanza from Wooden Valley Winery has been one of the hosts in Suisun, taking the group out to his vineyards and providing an in-depth look at Wooden Valley's production facility. Other excursions on this 3-day tour have taken the wine makers to Napa, Sonoma, and Lodi.
The program ends Friday night with a barbecue in Suisun Valley. Many of the winemakers on the tour shipped some of their own bottles to Suisun Valley so they can be poured at the barbecue.