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Uncorking Suisun Valley—A Tapestry of Tastes

Nov 14, 2023 04:03PM ● By Pam Kessler

If you're looking for a new wine escapade that’s a stone’s throw from the East Bay, you're in for a treat. Suisun Valley is a nearby haven filled with family wineries, farms, and ranches. This six-mile stretch is an ode to California’s simpler times with wineries clustered together along a six-mile stretch. Beyond wine tasting, you’ll find a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered.



The star of the show is Caymus-Suisun, a beacon of winemaking excellence. Already a legend in the Napa Valley for iconic Cabernet Sauvignon, the Wagner Family brought their talent to the Suisun Valley with remarkable results. Nurtured in the valley’s unique terroir and climate, the Suisun vineyards produce the region’s signature Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. 


From the lush flower and vegetable gardens under the Vaca Mountains to the innovative tasting experiences in their stunning state-of-the-art venue, the Wagner’s commitment to agriculture shines through every aspect of their 22-acre operation.  


A visit to the valley is not complete without a stop at Larry’s Produce. A local staple, Larry’s is bursting with fresh, farm-grown produce that celebrates the region’s bounty. Whether it’s summer strawberries or fall pumpkins, this is the place to stock up on an abundance of fresh food. (Open June to December)



Every glass of wine is a tale untold. At Tolenas Winery, innovation meets tradition. Here, Suisun's iconic Petite Sirah and Zinfandel are reimagined, pushing the boundaries of winemaking. Proprietors Cliff and Lisa Howard founded the winery in 2015, turning the page on a 40-year family legacy rooted in the region’s farming. Their hands-on approach has culminated in exquisite wines.


For over 90 years, the Lanza family has been handcrafting Italian-style bottles. With a legacy of tradition and innovation, a variety of grapes and techniques are used to produce Wooden Valley wines — Barbera, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese, among others. 


With eclectic décor, the Suisun Valley Wine Co-op feels more like your favorite local bar. Three wineries pour here: Sunset Cellars, Blacksmith Cellars, and King Andrews Vineyards. A cup of butterfly pea flower tea on the patio is a nice palate-cleansing in between tastings. 



The sun-kissed hills of Suisun are not just for grapes. Olive groves stretch across parts of the valley, where Il Fiorello Olive OilCompany offers a peek into the art of freshly pressed olive oils. Tours, tastings, and cooking classes are on the menu here. 


Head to Mankas Corner for beer, soups, sandwiches, and live music at Suisun Valley Filling StationMankas Grill features an all-day menu with everything from burgers and truffle fries to chops, filets, and pastas. For a complete list of wineries, farm stands, and everything else go to


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