New winery in county opens its doors

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The doors to Madera County’s newest winery have officially opened to the public and the winemaker says people should look forward to a small and focused operation that produces quality dry table wines reflective of the region.

Nearly 200 people gathered for the grand opening of Fasi Estate Winery, which is located almost directly in front of the 22 Mile House gas station off State Route 41, on Saturday. The event included performances by The Rich Severson Quartet and Minarets High School band, dinner and wine tasting. A flag ceremony was led by the Madera Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1981. Owner Ralph P. Fasi spoke to attendees and also said guests should have high expectation of his wines.

“Our goal is to produce locally grown premium wines and express the individual sites from which the fruit was grown,” said Fasi. “Their unique characteristics will be allowed to shine through, while maintaining balance and purity in the final wine.”

Winemaker Nick DeHart said that Fasi Estate Winery’s goal was not mass production or imitating other California region’s wines. This year, which he says will be experimental in production, the winery is set to manufacture only 600 cases...

 

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