Open to the Public: Old Heritage Blended with Modern Flare

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Papagni Wines is celebrating the grand opening of their new wine tasting room to bring a taste of their long-lasting heritage to anyone cruising by on Highway 99.

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Tanks and Barrels used in the wine making process.

I am excited to invite everyone out to visit and taste our wines at my family’s first ever wine tasting room. - Demetrio

Papagni Wines celebrates the opening of their new Madera wine tasting room, just in time to join the rest of the wineries on the Madera Wine Trail's "Meet the Winemaker" weekend event. Papagni Wines will be offering winery tours, special barrel tastings, and more. Papagni Wines brings a taste of their long-lasting heritage to anyone cruising by on Highway 99 in Madera County.

Demetrio Papagni II built and designed the quaint and cozy wine tasting room. It features a huge wine barrel coming through the wall catching your eye immediately. The bar was simply made by using used oak wine barrels. Tucked up in the corners are cabinets holding wine bottles and glasses with historic pictures and family memorabilia showing the roots of the Papagni farming and wine making heritage. For a modern twist, Papagni painted the ceiling and light fixtures a matte black, to contrast the soft white walls. This wine tasting room is rustic sophistication at its finest.

Demetrio is happy to have the tasting room opening on Mother's Day weekend and is ready for a fun time. “I am excited to invite everyone out to visit and taste our wines at my family’s first ever wine tasting room, I think the public will really enjoy our styles of wine,” said Demetrio.

A trip to Papagni Wines is a great experience because the tasting room is located right next to the actual winery. “It felt truly prestigious to be able to visit the wine tasting room, and to see the bottling area and the tanks where the wine was fermented, and learn how to make wine,” said Megan Letson.

Papagni offers a variety of wines to choose from including their award winning wines Alicante Bouschet and Malvasia Bianca. The Papagni family has been in the wine industry for over 80 years and has received over 30 medals for excellence earned at taste competitions in the United States and Europe.
The Papagni family has been growing grapes for wine making longer than anyone can remember. Their tradition reaches clear back to Bari, Italy. Demetrio’s grandfather wanted to grow his precious grapes in his own vineyards, but land was hard to come by in Italy in the early 1900’s. In 1912, he moved to the Central Valley and managed vineyards for several local growers. A short eight years later, he planted his first 20 acres of vines in the San Joaquin Valley.

Since then, the family has taken their dreams a step further. Demetrio’s father, Angelo Papagni decided he not only wanted to grow grapes, but also produce his own wine.

After many inquiries, and a lot of research, Demetrio built the winery and wine tasting room where guests can visit today. Not only can visitors enjoy a glass of wine that has evolved through the care and knowledge of generations going back to Italy, but also see the state of the art winery that crafted it.

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