Solitary Cellars was founded by Correctional Lieutenants working in the Central Valley of California. Greg “Bergie” Bergersen turned his love for home winemaking into a business and with Rick “Q” Quesada started Solitary Cellars Wine Company, LLC.
Doing business as Solitary Cellars, the need for a top rated facility to produce their wine was key. The two owners selected the custom crush facility, Estate Crush in Lodi, CA for their location and the proximity to quality Lodi fruit. Although they are assigned to state facilities outside the region, the pair make regular trips to Lodi to meet with growers. Solitary Cellars has a tasting room in Madera, just north of the San Joaquin river at 32749 Ave. 7, Madera, CA 93637 as a shared location with ApCal Event Center. The North Block tasting Room is a favorite stop for local and travels headed down Highway 99. Inside visitors will find a vibrant atmosphere with wine an cheese pairings. There is a replica jail cell with actual jail memorable and visitors are welcome to take their mugshots. Though the atmosphere is fun, the focus is on quality winemaking.
Working with Lodi growers like Markus Bokish and Kyle Lerner of Harnery Lane vineyards the emphasis is on the best fruit available. Solitary Cellars produces high quality varietals such as Tempranillo, Albariño and Old Vine Zinfandel from the Lodi region. The Solitary Cellars portfolio also includes Syrah and Pinot Noir from Monterey County, Barbera from Amador County and in 2014 the duo produced Grenache from Clements Hills.
Pouring at Estate Crush in Lodi and Madera Tasting Room
- $5.00, refunded with purchase