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As we exit 2023 and move forward into 2024, we are getting ready for the new year. While many of these are "TBD" at the moment, we are planning to begin events sometime in the late spring or early summer. J. Doran Vineyards features many events , tastings throughout the year! From our JDV golf event, Our JDV Day at the Ballpark to Vintner dinners and wine festivals There is always something going on… you can sign up for our monthly newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the latest

  • J. Doran Vineyards Release Party <p>Come join us as we celebrate the planting of new vineyards and the release of our latest wines. </p>

    Copperopolis, Ca

    Mid May 2024 TBD

  • J Doran Vineyards Golf Tournament <p>Join us for a day of golf set in the beautiful Sierra Foothills along with JDV wines. </p><p>Check out the beautiful Twain Harte Golf Course </p><p></p><p></p><p></p>

    Twain Harte Golf Course, Twain Harte, Ca

    Summer 2024

  • J. Doran Vineyard Summer Celebration <p>Pair JDV wines with great Summer food and enjoy a beautiful BBQ and a day on Lake Tulloch. </p>


    Summer 2024

  • JDV Winemaker for a Day join us for a sneak peak behind the scenes into how wine is made. Get a chance to take brix samples, Punch downs and pumpovers and get a first hand look and feel for making wine . Limited openings.

    Calaveras, CA

    Sept/Oct 2024 TBD

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  • In the Vineyards

    October 2023 Update

    Wow... October. That got here in a hurry.... I am very happy with the cooler autumn weather as is everything on the property. Summer was the first "normal" summer we've had since moving here, with a normal 22 days at 100 degrees or more vs the previous year at 44 days. Between the lower temps and the long rainy season from the past winter, it made a real difference . While the first vineyard block could not be planted as we ran out of spring for planting , the trelling system is now all in place and ready to go. That friends, is by far the most diffcult part of the project. Next steps are install of the drip irrigation system, and then planting in either late winter or early spring. Mre details to follow.... The organic veggie garden has been producing like crazy. All the summer favorites rocked this year. Tomatoes, potatoes, Green beans, squash, onions, basil, okra, zuccini, melons all seem to be doing well. The Apple, Olive, Persimmon & Pomegranate trees all did great as did the lemon & lime trees. The chickens are doing well ,they also appreciated the cooler summer. The neighbors are pleased as they are all getting plenty of fresh organic free range eggs.

    The autumn projects this year are building up 2 rock walls, the usual prep for winter tasks, bring into the green house some of the more sensitive plants and generally put a clean up on the property in preparation for winter.

  • In the Barrel

    We have barreled down this years wines.
    We will soon start a regualr regimine of topping off barrels and doing selective SO2 additions. This insures your wines will be top quality. In a few months we will begin bottling of previous vintages.

  • Winemaker's Blog

    Many of you may know that in June of 2021 a big step was taken, and either by good fortune or providence, I bought a beautiful property in Copperopolis, Ca. It may have been that it is better to be lucky than good, or it is that the right thing will find you... Either way this is allows a whole new adventure. Now the other passions that go into growing and making wine are going to be tied together in one place. We have expanded into farming along with new vineyards going in.

    So the plan is to develop next year at least 2 vineyard blocks, with the ultimate goal of 5 vineyard blocks. The soil conditions here are quite reminicent of the Stagecoach Vineyards in Napa near Atlas Peak. Very rocky soils with high heat index in the summer. This dictates thick skin reds such as Ca, Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah & Cab Franc. This is fine because all of these play nice together. The initial vineyard block it the "proof of concept" block, in which I'll get a running start as seeing first hand what works, and more importantly, what doesn't work so that this can be applied to the upcoming vineyard blocks.

    Make no bones about it... No amount of experience , or reading or studying fully prepares you for a new vineyard. I'm geuinely excited about this as this gives me a chance to as the Beatles say "Get back to where you once belong"..... ( key the short Ringo drum solo....) Back to the beginning, planting vineyards..... Your first job it to ",listen to nature" and pay attention to what it tells you.... Soil conditions, wind patterns, Sun angle, each plays a roll. Ignore them at your own peril. Next is what will nature throw at you? because... well , thats what nature does.... So, how do you handle everything from birds, deer, possum, raccoons, rabbits gophers, voles, rodents, everything and everyone will want a part of the vineyard. Your first task is to figure out who is coming for it, when and how, and then what deterrents can you use to protect the vineyard. You put your game plan together make sure you double and triple check everything. In example..... If you don't figure out the proper spacing and turn ratios within the rows and around them, you can risk not being able to get your tractor equipment in to do the work. If your rows are 42" wide and you have a 54" mower deck.... you are screwed. What you don't take into account up front you will most certainly pay for later. Once you've planted, you are committed. Going back and making changes is very costly and time consuming. So, a "proof of concept" vineyard block allows you to apply everything you want to do, learn from it before committing on a much grander and more costly scale.

  • The Latest.......

    Calaveras Winegrape Alliance

    JDV is now a proud member of the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance (CWA) . Click below to find out more about this amazing region...