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Local wineries like Broc Cellars, Donkey & Goat and Urbano Cellars make award-winning wines that share Berkeley's local, sustainable and organic culinary slant. The Mead Kitchen makes fine, artisanal mead (thank you honey bees). Try a flight at one of the many tasting rooms across the city, or find bottles on the menus of many establishments citywide.
With Berkeley's proximity to some of the finest wine grape growing regions in the world, urban winemakers bring the finest fruit home to Berkeley to make food-focused vintages.
At Broc Cellars, all wines are made using spontaneous fermentation, a process that means they only use native yeasts and bacteria that exist on the grapes in order to make wine. This is unlike many of the wines you will see in grocery stores or on wine shop shelves and in restaurants. Broc don't add anything – this includes nutrients, yeast, bacteria, enzymes, tannins or other popular fermentation agents. Taste at the winery, open on weekends.
Top bottles: Chenin Blanc, Zinfandel, Carignan, Nero D'Avola
Owned and operated by Jared & Tracey Brandt, Donkey & Goat makes “natural wines,” a term that covers both the vineyard and the cellar. Natural winemaking is an extension of natural farming philosophies that drive the practices for sustainable, natural & biodynamic farming into the cellar. Visit Donkey & Goat's winery and tasting room in West Berkeley Gilman District.
Top bottles: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
Located on Fourth Street, Urbano Cellars produces food-friendly wines that possess character and balance using unique varietals. Meticulously sources grapes are handcrafted into award-winning wines right here in Berkeley. Urbano Cellars' tasting room also features local art.
Top bottles: Rose, Malbec, Sangiovese
The Mead Kitchen produces a range of small-batch, handcrafted meads (honeywine) from locally sourced honey, and blended with fruit, spices, and whole cone hops. LIght, dry, and refreshingly carbonated tasty mead at The Mead Kitchen's Fourth Street tasting room located next door to Urbano Cellars.
Top bottles: Orange Ginger Mead, Xin Phan, Shannon Blanc, Simcoe Mead