About Willamette Wineworks
Willamette Wineworks, a microwinery, is a wine, blending and food experience created by Willamette Valley Vineyards. The unique hands-on wine-blending experience will allow our guests to learn more about the process of winemaking and enjoy their own wine creation.
Willamette Valley Vineyards and the Folsom Connection
Willamette Wineworks in Historic Folsom is a collaboration of two brothers, Jim, the Founder of Willamette Valley Vineyards in Oregon and Jerry, the local builder of Historic Folsom Station.
The roots of the acclaimed Oregon winery wound their way through Folsom when the Bernau brothers’ grandfather was asked by Warden Plummer in the late 1930s to build and operate an auto garage in the prison to help inmates develop marketable skills.
The Bernau brothers’ Dad, an attorney from Roseburg, Oregon, was hired by the first emigrating California winemaker to grow and make Pinot Noir in Oregon to help him acquire the first winery license post Prohibition. He allowed small tastes of Richard Sommer’s wines at the dinner table, lighting a path for Jim.
Willamette Valley Vineyards, since its founding by Jim in 1983, has become the leading producer of Pinot Noir designated from the Willamette Valley American Viticultural Area, resulting in the winery being named “One of America’s Great Pinot Noir Producers” by Wine Enthusiast magazine. Willamette Wineworks and the entire winery organization has benefited from the support of its over 20,000 wine enthusiast owners (NASDAQ: WVVI & WVVIP).
Folsom's winemaking history dates back to the mid 1800s with the planting of the celebrated Natoma Vineyard along the American River. In the early 1900s, Natoma Vineyard boasted 2,000 acres and was one of the largest vineyards in the state when gold was discovered on the property — and the vines were replaced with dredgers. Our dream is to reestablish Natoma by crafting local wines and celebrating its place in California wine history.
The history of Historic Folsom Station began in the early Gold Rush days. Located on 4.9 acres of the original Valley Railroad depot grounds in Folsom, Historic Folsom Station was the site of the first passenger rail service west of the Mississippi linking Sacramento with the town of Folsom in 1856. The Roundhouse is modeled after the original building used to house train engines in the 1800s.