Last August, Renwood Winery situated near Plymouth, Ca. in the heart of the picturesque Shenandoah Valley was acquired by an well financed Argentinean investment group. Since then, there has been much speculation regarding how this change in ownership might impact both Renwood Winery and Amador County’s burgeoning wine country. I recently visited Renwood Winery speaking with Gregg Lamer who is in charge of “Direct to Consumer Sales and Marketing” to discuss this winery’s plans under its new management.
“We have now opened a gourmet Deli shop adjacent to our tasting room, so that our visitors can purchase gourmet cheeses and specialty items from Dedrick’s Cheese Shop and other delicious offerings to pair with our great Renwood wines,” said Gregg. However, this represents only the tip of the iceberg. “Following the ‘Behind the Cellar Doors’ weekend in March, we will begin a complete modernization and remodeling of our tasting room and event center which will include among other things, an on site kitchen serving gourmet foods and wine pairings prepared by Taste Restaurant,” Gregg explained. Not only the inside of Renwood Winery will receive a facelift, but the surrounding grounds will also be re-landscaped.
Yet, even more changes are in the works. Renwood Winery, Andis Wines and Helwig Vineyards and Winery are partnering to launch a joint marketing campaign which will include a billboard at Sacramento Airport’s newly built Terminal B for visitors to see upon their arrival, advertising in all major Sacramento hotels & magazines, and partnering with the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau to increase visitor traffic to our region,” says Gregg.
Even with all these changes and plans unfolding, Renwood Winery has kept its longtime winemaker, Dave Crippen with Argentinean wine veteran, Carlos Pulenta acting as primary wine consultant for the winery. This should provide a level of continuity in the quality of Renwood’s wine production, but also allow for some experimentation as well.
These plans are not only exciting for Renwood Winery’s future development and resurgence, but are likewise exciting for Amador County’s growing reputation as a producer of award winning wines and a must see destination for anyone who claims to be a “wine lover.” Finally, as part of my “research”, I sampled Renwood’s 2007 Tempranillo with some of Dedrick’s 6 month aged Manchego Sheep’s milk cheese from Spain. This wine and cheese pairing is absolutely delicious. For more information regarding Renwood Winery and its wines check out their website at www.renwood.com .