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Nestled along two miles of lakeshore, the agricultural resort-style winery, Ceago Vinegarden, owned and operated by Jim Fetzer of the prominent winemaking family, promotes a holistic farming environment for plant and animal life. A showcase of biodynamic winemaking and agriculture, the estate surrounds a Hacienda-style compound of buildings with herb gardens, grapes, kiwis, olives, walnuts, figs, lavender, a variety of seasonal plantings and winegrapes, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Sauvignon Blanc. Domestic and wild animals wander the property, demonstrating how both animal and plant kingdoms work together in an agricultural environment.
The state-of-the-art complex was influenced by early California architecture and landscaping, and its appeal extends well beyond the tasting room. Whether arriving by land or by lake, guests are welcomed to relax in the courtyard, wander the gardens and vineyards, stay in a luxurious Mediterranean-style casita overnight, or take a leisurely stroll out past the water’s edge on Clear Lake’s largest commercial pier. Located at 5115 E. Highway 20 in Nice. The tasting room is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (707) 274-1462, www.ceago.com.
Hours Open: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily
Seasons Open: Year round
Main buildings are constructed of rastra - a recycled material - situated on an organic and biodynamic farm with chickens, sheep, olive trees, gardens, lavender, and vineyards.