Every wonder what attracts people to visit Manteca?
As part of an occasional “On the Road” series, the Bulletin will list high points that the Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau (www.visitmanteca.org or call 823-7229) provides to those who want to visit Manteca where Hook, Wine & Sneakers all come together.
Just 20 minutes northeast of Manteca in Collegeville in the heart of East San Joaquin County farm country you’ll find Gnekow Family Winery.
“It has a great family atmosphere,” noted CVB Executive Director Linda Abeldt. ”The mom and dad are around all the time and you can even talk to the vintner.”
The winery at 17347 East Gawne Road is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features free wine tasting along with wine sales and a gift shop with apparel and glassware. You can find out through complimentary tasting the Gnekow’s fine varietals are making it one of the fastest growing wineries in the region.
Take Jack Tone Road north from East Highway 120 and travel until you come to a four-way stop in Collegeville. The Collegeville School is on the northwest corner of the intersection and the Collegeville General Store and Restaurant that serves a breakfast farmers will tell you is the best for miles is on the northeast corner. Turn right on Collegeville Road and travel a short ways until you will turn left on to East Gawne Road.
On the way up Jack Tone Road you will cross over the Union Pacific intermodal yard.
Started in 1924, the third generation of the Indelicato family is now producing wine that has earned the winery the U.S. Wine producer of the Year for an unprecedented three times at the International Wine & Spirits Competition.
The Manteca wine tasting room and gift shop is open daily (Except Christmas) from 9 to 5:30 a.m. at the Highway 99 and French Camp interchange just three miles north of Manteca.
The gift shop is extensive and has a lot more items than just related to wine. It is ideal for a quick holiday gift basket.
For more information go online to www.delicato.com or call (209) 824-3600.