Butterfly Creek Winery

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Appellation: Mariposa County
Location: 4063 Triangle Road
Mariposa, California 95338
Phone: (209)966-2097
Winemaker: Robert M. Gerken
Tasting Room: Small
Days/Hours: Fri & Sat, 10:00 to 4:00
Parking: Medium
Picnic Facilities: Picnic Tables Available
Red Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel
White Wines: Sauvignon Blanc
Production: 3000 cases


The Winery

The drive to the winery takes you through the 200 acres of beautiful foothill scenery including the picturesque St. Genevieve Chapel amongst the vines. The winery and tasting room are located next to a grassy picnic area near the banks of Butterfly Creek. The tasting room is small and cozy with some food and wine treats for sale. This is a perfect area for that picnic lunch and a nice bottle of wine.

The Vineyards

Although Merlot makes up the bulk of the vineyards, Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon are also planted for their estate bottled wines. The winery purchases its Sauvignon Blanc grapes from outside of the foothill region.

The Wines

The winery’s three big reds are all fruit forward, spicy wines aged in a combination of American and French Oak for a full 36 months. The long oak aging assures these are well matured wines with lots of vanilla and toast flavors.

The Winemaker

The winery owner Robert M. Gerken is the winemaker for Butterfly Creek. The family purchased the estate in 1972 and soon began planting the estate vineyards before opening the winery. 

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