Why Jose Wine Caves?

In July of 2004,  I bought this property for investment, not to build a winery. Just a few months after, on October 1st of 2004, my oldest brother (Jose) suffered an accident while helping me out on this property, and he left us. It took me the good part of 2005 to decide what to do with the property.  In one occasion, I told my brother that I was going to sell this property in 2005 and that I needed to do something to make it more appealing to a buyer. He had suggested to me to cut two home sites, cut a decent driveway and plant olive trees. With that in mind, the idea to drill a cave and to make wine began to emerge. In 2007, my label was approved with the name, Jose Wine Caves. Shortly after, I encountered a number of issues related to permits and conditions and due to these conditions and restrictions, I decided to build a conventional building to make and sell wine. Even though the cave is not in existence the cave will be cut in the near future.

At a Glance

  • Overlooks the South fork of the American River and Coloma Valley, as well as the Historic Hold 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, memorials, etc.


Turning Tragedy into Triumph

Alfonso bought the acreage as a short term investment; a few home sites, a drive way lined with olive trees, and a few grape vines. Alfonso never planned to build a winery, however, his brother was involved in an accident and passed away on October 1st, 2004. 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.