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Fitzpatrick Winery

California, the most populous state of the United States, located on the Pacific coast of North America is bordered by Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and Mexico. California is also the home of and wine producing regions such as Santa Barbara and Northern California's Wine Country.
Fitzpatrick Winery and Lodge are located in the Fair Play AVA, the American Viticultural Area at the heart of the California's Gold Country, in the beautiful and idyllic Sierra Foothills of El Dorado county, nearby historic Placerville. They feature fine hand crafted wines made from organically grown premium wine grapes and a unique Irish bed and breakfast. Almost 30 years in Fair Play, they opened Fair Play's first winery in 1980. Now in their third decade they have embarked on a new campaign with great passion to take their wine quality to its highest level. They are an award winning master winemaker due to their new investments in equipment, the finest oak cooperage, ongoing outside critique and consultation.

Since 1980, Fitzpatrick's world class wines have been vinted in small lots to celebrate the magic of the vineyards. Vineyards are planted in the upland soils of the Sierra Foothills of California at elevations whose microclimates are unique to the rest of the world. Many classic winegrape varieties have been masterfully matched with each vineyard's soil characteristics, topography and resultant microclimate to produce handsome wines from world renowned varieties like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Shiraz, Grenache, Sangiovese, proprietary blends and others.

Starting in the vineyards, Fitzpatrick and other selected growers manage to farm without the use of chemical herbicides, pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. They rely on mechanical weeding, environmental enhancement to benefit predatory insects and the use of composts, seaweeds, minerals and winter annual cover crops to give sustenance to the vine. In the winery, Fitzpatrick chooses to minimize additions to their wines made from organically grown grapes according to the strict processing standards of OGWA, Organic Grapes into Wine Alliance. Nonetheless, small amounts of pure SO2 are added to their wines to enhance quality and longevity. The days of making simple claims of being Organic are long gone and replaced with a detailed format of verification through third party certification. Additionally, from their inception, Fitzpatrick wines are bottled in recycled glass and with natural untreated corks. The Fitzpatrick's are committed to producing a most civilized beverage in a most responsible way.

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