The Heart of the Gold Country

Preston Castle Wine Tasting and Tour

Preston Castle Wine Tasting and Tour

Saturday, August 5, 5 pm to 8 pm
 
Taste the fine wines of Amador County and enjoy the aura of the historic and majestic Preston Castle.  Experience the history and feel the sensation of the past.  Attendees will sample fine wines, poured by 15 different wineries, from commemorative Preston Castle wine glasses. 
 
Sip a glass of wine, enjoy a variety of foods, and listen to live music on the patio, and in Wine Cellar. The popular Midtown Jazz from Sacramento will be entertaining guests on the patio.  Also, you will be able to take a self-guided tour of the public areas in the Castle, where docents will be on hand to answer your questions.
 
Participating Wineries include:
Amador Cellars, Bella Grace, Bray, Drytown, Karmere, Prospect Cellars, Scott Harvey, Sera Fina, Sobon, Story, Tanis, Terra d’Oro, Vino Noceto, Wine Tree Farm, and 24 Brix.
 
Tickets, $40, are  available online.
 
About Preston Castle Foundation
 
The strikingly beautiful Romanesque style Preston Castle, on a hill in Ione, was actually the administration building for the Preston School of Industry, the first major attempt in California at rehabilitating, instead of just impris­­­oning, young offenders.  Opened in 1894, the Preston School of Industry became a leader in the juvenile prison reform movement by giving convicted boys a real chance at life by educating them not only in academics, but in all of the useful trades of the time.  Closed in 1960, when the Preston Youth Authority moved into a new administration building down the hill, the Preston Castle was left to deteriorate due to weather, vandalism, and general neglect.  It now serves as a vacant, but vitally important landmark for Ione, Amador County, and the Motherlode.  It is a California State Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
The Mission of the Preston Castle Foundation is to preserve, rehabilitate, and utilize the historic Preston Castle site. 
Help Save The Castle and learn more about our history, events, and tours by visiting www.prestoncastle.com.  All contributions are tax deductible.
 
Preston Castle
900 Palm Drive
Ione, CA  95640