Cucamonga Valley Wine

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Cucamonga is located in San Bernardino County, about 45 miles east of Los Angeles. The storied Cucamonga Valley (aka. Cucamonga-Guasti Wine District) – where vineyard planting began in 1838 – has lost most of its once vast vineyard acreage to industrial development and the urban expansion of nearby Los Angeles and Orange Counties. When Prohibition hit in 1920, grapevine acres in Cucamonga numbered twice as many as Napa/Sonoma Counties combined. In the 1940s, this east/west oriented valley region hosted 60 wineries and over 35,000 acres of vine, as its thick-skinned grapes with high natural sugar levels proved ideal for the needs of east coast home winemakers. Today, only three of the original winegrowing family wineries and less than 1,000 vineyard acres remain. The loss of vineyard land continues and some of the nation's oldest vines could disappear.

The value of Cucamonga goes beyond the quality of its vines, as the region is also home to a strong tradition of unique fortified wines, including a Read more »

Varietals Produced in Cucamonga Valley View all

  • Mourvèdre

    History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually bro...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

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

Popular Wineries in Cucamonga Valley View all

  • Robert Renzoni

    Robert Renzoni Vineyards is a remarkable estate, nestled in the heart of the Temecula Valley. Wi...

  • J. Filippi Winery

    Hand crafted, limited production, Joseph Filippi wines are the result of a craftsmanship derived ...

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  • Sorry, OT, my bad.  I lied.  I have the '11 Papera. ... of them ... of them the other day--2010 Cucamonga Valley Zinfandel Pioneer's Legendary.  I regret to say that most Cucamonga Zins that I have had are much too fruity for my taste.  This one, however, tastes like a real wine.  It does have blackberry flavors but it doesn't blow you away.  ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Galleano Winery Zinfandel Pioneer's Legendary 2010


    When I pulled the cork I was a bit surprised at how darkly it was stained at the bottom. On pouring I was surprised that the wine was not as dark as I expected. Color, notwithstanding, the proof is on the tongue. A very enjoyable and drinkable wine. Not terribly fruit forward, although there is certainly the blackberry hit that I get with a... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Greg I'm going by memory here, but I might want to discuss some of the ... ... a bottle of Napa Valley, or Cucamonga Valley, or Sonoma?  So, if you can't steal European nomenclatures (e.g., Chablis, Chianti), you have to educate your consumers to discriminate another way.  Now, I agree with you that many Americans who are starting their wine a... Read More

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  • Galleano Winery Zinfandel Cucamonga Valley Old Vines Dos Rancheros NV


    Much darker in the glass that the "standard" bottling that I had, last night. Very fruity nose with that same "sweet minty" aroma that I saw, last night. Quite full-bodied and fruity in the mouth--cherries, blackberries--with something of an effervescence at the tip of the tongue. Noticeable alcohol on the finish. US$19.75 at the winery in M... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Galleano Winery Zinfandel Cucamonga Valley Old Vines NV


    Light color in the glass. Very unusual nose--can definitely detect a "sweet" mint odor. In the mouth this is a medium-bodied wine with some berry fruit and some earthiness. Fair amount of tannic puckeriness at the tip and the edges of the tongue. Pretty easy to drink uncomplicated wine. US$6.95 at the winery in Mira Loma. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Lefty, I am familiar with the Oak Ridge offering.  I first tried it, ... ... the Galleano Winery in the Cucamonga Valley. All of these are from the Galleano Vineyard (planted in the 1920s), although, one of them also contains fruit (20%) from the Lopez Vineyard (planted in the 1910s).  Both these vineyards are dry farmed (and we ain't getting ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Old Vine Zinfandels

  • Pictures from the Cucamonga Valley:Lopez Vineyard--SE corner of the intersection of the 210 and 15 Interstates in the city of Fontana: The soil here is quite rocky (similar to that in my back yard).  Fruit (99.9% Zinfandel) from this wine is used by Carol Shelton and Galleano Winery.  Planted in the 19-teens. Galleano Vineyard -- 4321 Wineville ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Old California Vines

  • Son-of-a-gun, CB has the gravity issues similar to OT's.  Again, ... ... ... driven over to the Cucamonga Valley vineyards to take pics of them.  I will do that, and I will pos Read More

    Forum post in the topic Colorado winter vines

  • Carol Shelton Zinfandel Monga Zinfandel 2010


    Big jammy vanilla and licorice scented nose with lots of juniper accented wild berry fruit aromas. Fresh and zesty in the mouth. This is very well balanced with lots of fruit tannin supporting deep briary flavors. The clarity of fruit on the palate is surprising given the jammy aromas. This picks up lovely brushy chaparral inner mouth perfumes t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Welcome, Chelsea.  We are always looking for youngsters to carry on with ... to think that Lake County, Cucamonga Valley, Temecula, Anderson Valley, and Edna Valley are all local--examples.  And while I certainly agree with your assessment of the three grape varieties that you mentioned, let me suggest a couple more ideas for you.  Please try ... Read More

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