Manton California is one of those rare little gems that seems to have escaped notice by most people including those who have lived in the areas their entire lives. First settled in the late 1800’s the area was developed for the timber found in the surrounding hillsides, and the families that first settled the area have continued that tradition for over 100 years.
The ample water from the Digger and Battle Creek drainages were used to not only transport timber down to mills, but also provided ample water for agriculture with much of the area being planted in apples. Today there are still a number of apple orchards producing heirloom and commercial varietals. Every year Manton celebrates this heritage with the Manton Apple Festival.
The area was once home to one of the states largest Rodeo’s held at what is known as Waterwheel Park, a property developed by the late Bruce Barron and his wife. In fact during the height of these events in the 1970’s Manton also hosted regular fly-in’s at a small airport developed by the Barron’s.
In both 2005 and 2012 fires swept through the area destroying many homes with the 2012 fire burning over 27,000 acres.
Manton Valley Viticultural Area
On August 1st 2014 the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) announced the establishment of “Manton Valley” American Viticultural Area or AVA. This Federal designation recognizes the grape growing region in and around the township of Manton California as being uniquely different from the surrounding areas.
Vineyards were first planted in Manton in the mid 1970s, but the true quality of the grapes grown there was not fully realized until several small wineries were established in the early 2000s. These wineries, using only local grapes, have consistently produced award-winning wines that rival any produced in the state.
Each of the Manton Valley vineyards has its own unique microclimate due to differences in elevation, terrain and soil structures. These differences allow Manton Valley vineyards to grow a wide range of grape varietals from lush full bodies Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah’s to exceptional Chardonnay and Pinot Nior.
The Manton tasting room is located right next to our vineyards and includes a wonderful park area where guests can relax and enjoy a glass of wine.
There is a great bocce ball court for guest to use. We put the bocce ball court in because we think that this is the perfect game for couples to play while enjoying a glass of wine. The court has also become a dance floor on a number of occasions.
Cedar Crest offers and outdoor cook area where you can either grill food you have brought with you that is available for purchase. Grill your own lunches have become very popular with our regular customer, and you can choose from a wide range of sausages, burgers and even calamari steaks!
The property also features which is used for concerts several times each year as well as a large pond that is home to some very smart trout!
Manton tasting room is open on weekends from noon until 5pm and on major holidays or by appointment.
Please call winery if you wish to visit us during the week!
Our second tasting room in located in downtown Red Bluff inside the Enjoy the Store. Kate and Brandon have created a unique experience that includes not only Cedar Crest wines, but also tons of locally made products. The tasting bar and intimate seating area are a great place to meet up with friends both old and new.
Enjoy the Store is open Mon-Sat: 9:30am-7:00pm and Sunday from 11am-4pm