Long Creek Winery

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Appellation: Butte County
Location: 233 Ward Blvd
Oroville, California 95966
Phone: (530)589-3415
Winemaker: LouCecchi
Tasting Room: Small to Medium
Days/Hours: Sat 11:00 to 5:00 and by appointment
Parking: Small
Picnic Facilities: Picnic Tables & Small Events
Red Wines: Barbera, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, Syrah Port, Zinfandel Port, Red Wine Blend
White Wines: Chardonnay, Moscato
Production: 2500 cases


The Winery

The Long Creek Winery is located at the 800 foot elevation in the far northern Sierra Nevada Foothills just east of Oroville. The tasting room is beautifully done in an Italian Villa style with stone floors, great wine theme artwork and a small, but inviting oak tasting bar. A great deal of care went into the design of the Winery building to minimize the use of any power for cooling and the winery will soon be going completely solar.

The Vineyards

The estate covers 30 acres with a full 8½ in producing grapes. The winery produces all but two varietals completely from estate grown grapes. The two exceptions are Chardonnay; purchased from Sonoma County, and Merlot; purchased from Napa Valley. This region, like most of the foothills, receives a generous cooling breeze off the Sierra Nevada Mountains at night that creates a significant diurnal shift. That shift of up to 40 degrees helps lengthen the hang times for the grapes and create complexity. The vines are meticulously pruned to provide low yield and no pesticides are used on the vines.

The Wines

The wines of Long Creek are definitely Italian in style, but are all aged in French and American Oak, generally for a year. The Syrah Port receives a full four years aging in French Oak. The specialty of the house is the Barbera, which has been a favorite with winery visitors for some time. None of the wines are fined or filtered.

The Winemaker

Lou and Yola pride themselves on an old-world Italian style achieved with new world technology. Lou started as a home winemaker and has been making wine for 12 years; commercially since 2000.  

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