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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Viognier

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

  • Zinfandel

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

Popular Wineries in Madera View all

  • Quady Winery

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

  • Papagni Wines

    D.P. Enterprises, LP has been growing, packing, and shipping grapes since 1920. We have dev...

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  • Quady Essensia 375 2007

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    Wine review by buenocomer


  • Quady Winery Red Blend Madera Deviation NV

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    Wine review by gamarra


  • Quady Winery Orange Muscat California Essensia 2006

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    Wine review by ferro legno


  • Quady Essensia 375 2007

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    Looking for a good dessert wine for the holidays, my local wine shop suggested the Essensia. Wine Enthusiast gave it a 92 so it couldn't be too bad. I was afraid it would be too sweet, but was very suprised when we tried it. It was fantastic!!! It paired very well with our pumpkin pie. After some research on their website, i noticed their D... Read More

    Wine review by davesonix


  • Quady Essensia 375 2007

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    I have had several bottles of 07 Essensia over the past few months and everyone has been exceptional: "..tangerines, apricots, honey, butterscotch, and vanilla.." as noted by Wine Enthusiast in their 92 point review. "Vinegar" is generally an indication of heat damage. I have returned corked and heat damaged bottles to the stores where I purch... Read More

    Wine review by ferro legno


  • Quady Essensia 375 2007

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    I may be a little biased about Quady since I know the family and poured for them at a couple of wine expos. That said, I honestly believe that Quady is what good dessert wines ought to be: nuanced, fun, sweet but not cloyingly so.Essensia in particular is consistently good across multiple vintages, including 2007. It pairs well with butternut s... Read More

    Wine review by redatom


  • Quady Winery Red Blend Madera Deviation NV

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    Wine review by whatshername


  • Quady Essensia 375 2007

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    did not know heat damage would cause vinager taste. Had another bottle different winery same problem going to differnt store to try. Read More

    Wine review by bobs1


  • Quady Winery Red Blend Amador County Vya Sweet Vermouth NV

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    Wine review by jssxj1980


  • Quady Winery Black Muscat Madera Red Electra 2007

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    Wine review by flechette


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