July of 2004,  Alfonso bought this property for investment, not to build a winery. Just a few months after, on October 1st of 2004, his oldest brother Jose suffered a deadly accident while working on the property.  After losing his brother on the property Alfonso was at a crossroads with what to do with this beautiful peace of land.  Jose had told him to build a long driveway with an olive tree border, so that he did.  Alfonso always had the thought to drill caves on the property, accompany that with his 4 decades in the vineyard business having wine was just inevitable.  In 2007, my label was approved with the name, Jose Wine Caves. Shortly after, Alfonso encountered a number of issues related to permits and conditions and due to these conditions and restrictions, he decided to build a conventional building to make and sell wine. Even though the cave is not in existence now it will be.

  • Overlooks the South fork of the American River and Coloma Valley, as well as the Historic Gold Site Discovery.
  • Easily accessible from Hwy. 50 and Hwy. 49 and Hwy. 80
  • Elevation ranges from 1,400–2,000 feet
  • Our goal is to produce high quality wines
  • Exclusive wine and oil
  • Picnics are welcome
  • Pet friendly
  • Love hosting celebrations: weddings, birthday parties, baby showers,  family reunions, etc.


Turning Tragedy into Triumph.

Jose loved this particular property he felt at peace and felt as if he could “speak to God.” Our family was devastated when we lost Jose. He was a gregarious man that worked hard and played hard. Humble and down to earth, he enjoyed food, music, dancing, people, and most importantly good wine. His smile would light up the room. Despite being heartbroken and feeling the great loss, we decided to find a way to honor Jose, his life, his passions, and to keep his spirit alive. It was an arduous journey to get the project started and completed however our love for Jose is what kept us going and still is what keeps us going today. Our mission is for people to walk in as strangers and leave as family. For people to enjoy the majestic scenery, create beautiful memories, and to enjoy our wines which we make with great joy and passion. It is our pleasure to welcome you to, Jose Wine Caves Winery.