Madera Wine

This appellation is home to more than 10% of California’s vines. Located in the mid-Central Valley, the Madera AVA covers most of Madera County, as well as northern Fresno County. The viticultural area is hot, with little reprieve from the California sun. Late-December frosts cool the vines into much needed dormancy. The region's 38,000 plus acres of vineyards blanket a low-lying, almost flat landscape, with most grapes reaching extreme ripeness levels and destined for jug wine production. However, a few producers make remarkable port and dessert wines with this fruit. Of note are Quady who makes dessert wines from the highly aromatic black and orange Muscats, and Ficklin who specializes in a range of Port style wines from classic Portuguese grapes such as Tinta Cao, Tinta Madeira and Touriga. Madera, one of the oldest growing areas in California, also has an eye on the future, and a number of local producers are now focusing their efforts on premium table wines. – Description Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Madera View all

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

Popular Wineries in Madera View all

  • A. Westbrook Cellars

    The winery was built in 2003. Our winery development is the result of a coordinated effort with ...

  • Quady Winery

    Quady Winery founded in 1975 by Andrew and Laurel Quady produces dessert and aperitif wines. E...

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  • Friday August 26thI had the opportunity to host the president and vice ... ... “Vino Fino” from Madera for wine tasting in South Santa Clara County. Their goal was to experience Italian Varietals for their up-coming wine club meeting in September.Emilio Guglielmo Winerywas the first destination of choice for this excursion. Guglielmo is one of... Read More

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  • Quady Winery Black Muscat California Elysium 2009

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    How many ways to say, "I love thee!" Pansy, rose, plum and lychee. Lingering, sweet finish. It's my favourite dessert wine. Have it with Vanilla icecream, fresh berries and dark chocolate... or nothing at all. Drink chilled. Read More

    Wine review by Jacki C


  • Quady Essensia Orange Muscat 2009

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    Wine review by CharlesTseng


  • Quady Winery Starboard Batch Port 1988

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    I just bought a bottle of this and all I can taste is carmel. Not my taste at all. Tastes like Madeira not port. I wonder if the age is the culprit? drink 1989-1992? Read More

    Wine review by jjmik


  • Matthew Fox Cabernet Sauvignon California 2009

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    this is the best caby i have ever had Read More

    Wine review by noprobmem


  • Matthew Fox Cabernet Sauvignon Madera 2005

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    The first sip told me that it was flat and lacked character but on the positive side, it was very easy to drink with very low acidity on the palate. We finished the bottle easily. Not memorable but not deplorable either. Read More

    Wine review by omiso


  • Quady Winery Black Muscat Madera Red Electra 2006

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    Great flavor! Read More

    Wine review by NurseRatchet19


  • The Rare Wine Co. New York Malmsey Bottle NV

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    tasting now. feels lighter, more burnt than a blandy's 15yo Bual. closer to what I would expect in a 5yo Sercal. more depth in some respects, but, again, the feeling of blending games designed - alas - to bring a few extra levels to an undeveloped (immature?) back-room no-label product that makes up the majority of the bottle.absence of expected... Read More

    Wine review by JTG01


  • Quady Essensia 375 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by EnVinoVeritas4


  • Quady Black Muscat "Elysium" California 2011

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    Wine review by bluecaribe


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