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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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"...

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Cucamonga Valley View all

  • J. Filippi Winery

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

  • Robert Renzoni

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

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Cucamonga Valley on Snooth

  • Thank you for the excellent report, OT.  An amazing line-up of wines to ... ... made from 100-year old Cucamonga Valley vineyards.  Actually, when you consider the price, they are pretty good, but the contrast  with the examples you are showing would be very severe.I'm sure the Peggy is making plans already just so she can taste the food.  I ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic You shoulda been there, Old...

  • Galleano Cucamonga Valley Three Friends Port Organic NV


    "Triple Gold Winner. Won so many awards the Winery no longer is allowed to enter it into judging competitions. This port has won more International awards than any port in the United States. Tawny port style. Amber caramel in color with warm brown sugar on the nose. Long, lingering finish with hints of walnuts.$33 at the winery" Read More

    Wine review by hillman321

  • By "East of Los Angeles," I gather he means Cucamonga Valley.  We had a discussion of historic vineyards including Lopez and Galleano here on the Forum last winter. The article mentions the town of Rancho Cucamonga, and I suppose that RC is the nearest upwardly mobile suburb to the Lopez Vineyard.  I think, however, that the Lopez Vineyard, SE a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic LA wines, SD vines, London...

  • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: our origins and future in a single glance I am going to create a winery in Los Angeles, on the banks of the Los Angeles river, on the edge of what was once the greatest grape growing region in the whole country. I aim to have this winery up and running by harvest 2015. I have made great progress already and will devote much ... Read More

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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

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