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Top Quality Winegrapes
for Home Winemakers and B
outique Wineries 
 Located in Brentwood and Oakley, CA 94513
(Close in to the San Francisco bay area) 

Why drive all day to get top quality winegrapes,
when they are available in Eastern Contra Costa County
in Oakley, Brentwood,and Knightsen. 

 

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updates and harvest dates on Brentwood area winegrapes.

me and the grapes 
See what I got while you was passed out asleep!
Get outta bed and get to a pick!

October 1, 2016.  The 2016 Winegrape Season is Over.
There will be no more picks in 2016.
See you in 2017!

Winegrape picks for 2015
First Pick: Friday, Aug. 21, 6:30am... complete
Second Pick: Saturday, Aug. 22, 6:30am... complete
Third Pick: Sunday, Aug. 23, 7:00am... complete
Forth Pick: Thursday, Aug. 27, 7:00am... complete
Fifth Pick: Saturday, Aug. 29, 6:30am... complete
Sixth Pick: Sunday, Aug. 30, 7:00am... complete
Seventh Pick: Monday, Aug. 31, 6:30am... complete
Eighth Pick: Friday, Sept. 4, 7:00am... complete
Ninth Pick: Saturday, Sept. 5, 7:00am... complete
Tenth Pick: Sunday, Sept 6, 7:00am... complete
Eleventh Pick: Monday, Sept. 7, 7:am... complete
Twelth Pick:  Tuesday, Sept. 8, 7am... complete
Thirteenth Pick: Saturday, Sept. 12, 7am... complete
Fourteenth Pick: Sunday, Sept. 13, 7am... complete
Fifteenth Pick:  Saturday, Sept. 19, 7am... complete
Sixteenth Pick: Sunday, Sept. 20, 7am... complete
Seventeenth Pick: Saturday, Sept. 26, 7am... complete
Eithteenth Pick: Friday, Oct. 2, 7am... complete
End of season.

Winegrape picks for 2014
First Pick: Saturday, Aug. 23rd, 7:00 am... complete
Second Pick: Sunday, Aug. 24th, 8:00 am... complete
Third Pick: Saturday, Aug. 30th, 7:00 am... complete
Forth Pick: Sunday, Aug. 31st, 7:00 am... complete
Fifth Pick: Monday, Sept. 1st, 8:00 am... complete
Sixth Pick: Thursday, Sept. 4th, 7:30 am... complete
Seventh Pick: Saturday, Sept. 6th, 7:30 am... complete
Eight Pick: Saturday, Sept. 6th, 1:00 pm... complete
Ninth Pick: Sunday, Sept. 7th, 7:30 am... complete
Tenth Pick: Wednesday, Sept. 10th, 8:00 am... complete
Eleventh Pick: Saturday, Sept. 13th, 7:30 am... complete
Twelth Pick: Monday, Sept. 15th, 7:30 am... complete
Thirteenth Pick: Saturday, Sept. 20, 7:30 am... complete
Fourteenth Pick: Sunday, Sept. 21, 8:00 am... complete
Fifteenth Pick: Saturday, Sept. 27, 7:30 am... complete
Sixteenth Pick: Sunday, Sept. 28, 8:00 am... complete
Seventeenth Pick: Saturday, Oct. 4, 7:30 am... complete
Eighteenth Pick: Sunday, Oct. 5, 8:00 am... complete
End of season.


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How To Buy Grapes Through This Website

I'm getting a lot of new people this year that have never purchased grapes from me through this website.  So, here's how it works.

I represent about 20 vineyards.  When grapes are ripe and ready to pick I send out an email identifing the grapes that are ready to pick including the price per pound, or price per ton.

Some of my clients are small wineries who buy grapes by the ton.

Most of my clients are home wine makers who want a few hundred pounds of grapes.

When I send out an email referencing "Small Wineries" and "tons of grapes" that email is NOT for home winemakeres.  It is for Small Wineries who want tons of grapes.

When I announce a "pick" for home winemakers, that is for you folks that want to buy grapes by the pound, and want to pick them yourself.

I only sell grapes in the east bay, eastern Contra Costa County.  Not in Napa, Sonoma, Livermore, Lodi or other grape growing reagans.
  
I tell you the "pick" date, time and place to meet.  You show up for the "pick" (on time at the correct date and place) and I take you to the grapes.

We will meet in one of two places.  Either in Oakley or Brentwood.
See the "Directions" page for detailed info on these meeting places.

You pick the grapes you want, pay (in cash) for the grapes and go make your wine. ("You Pick" means you pick the grapes off the vine. The grapes are not harvested for you.)
 

A crusher/destemmer will be available for your use for a small fee.

Crusher/Destemmer
                                    Crusher/Destemmer

I do not allow folks to show up at vineyards and pick grapes unattended.  I am responsible to the vineyard owner for the folks I bring to pick grapes. 

As many as 50 or more people may show up for the same pick. So, please, be on time and be prepared.

See the "More Info" page for more information about how to pick and purchase small amounts of winegrapes ("small amounts" means under a ton).

 

Grapes Available Week-days By Appointment

If you want 300 lbs or more of at least one varietal and make a firm
appointment with me, you can pick during the week!

Be sure and let me know if you need the crusher/destemmer.

Just send me an email and tell me what you want and how much and what date and I'll set it up.

I'll get back to you with a price per pound, time and location.

So, if it's more convenient for you to pick during the week, let me know and I will accomidate you as I can at the time.

Michael
info@calwinebroker.com

  

For Sale:  Bottles and Barrels

All three 750 ml are $9.00/case of 12. 
The 500 ml bottle on the left is $19.00/case of 12.
Photos; click here

Total of 17 (60 gal) barrels, used for red wine (Syrah and Petite Sirah). French, American and Hungarian oak. No, I don't know how many of each type of wood.  Barrels are 3 to 5 years old, clean and ready to use.  Price $125./ea.  Photos; click here

Cash only.  Pick up in Brentwood

If you want bottles or barrels send me an email and I'll arrange a pick up date.

info@calwinebroker.com

Michael
Cal Wine Broker

 

UPDATE!

Get ready for the 2017 season

We had a great time in 2011 and got some GREAT GRAPES! Now we do know if the great Oakley Old Vine grapes will be available in 2012 and the news is not good for home winemakers.

Due to the economy many wineries have been cutting back on their production the last couple years and reducing inventory.  They can only do that so long and stay in business.

In (2012) they were contracting for grapes, which means fewer vineyards available for home winemakers and small production wineries.

Prices are up, availability (for us) is down.  That's good for the farmers, not so good for us.  

Exactly how much access we will have to the "Old Vine" grapes (and all grapes, for that matter in 2012) will only be known when harvest starts, but it will be a lot more limited than in the past two years.

Year 2013  Much the same as 2012.  Little availability for the home wine maker and higher prices.

For Year 2014 it looks a lot better for winegrape availability for home wine makers and small wineries.  We look to have grapes available from Oakley, Brentwood, Knightsen and from Martinez.

Year 2015 was good for winegrape access.

Year 2016 was a great year for winegrape access. 

Watch your email and this website for details as the harvest for 2017 approaches.

What winegrapes are available? What verital, quantity and price per pound of winegrapes will be available?  See the "Winegrape Availability" page and watch for email updates.

FYI:  Many of the winegrapes from Oakley and Brentwood are purchased by wineries from Napa, Sonoma and SLO to produce world class boutique wines.

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Harvest (2017) will be here before you know it. This site is where you stay on top of what's available. I represent about 20 vineyards that grow a number of different varietals of winegrapes.

We represent several "old vine" vineyards that were planted before the year 1900. These are some of the best grapes in California, which make them the best grapes in the USA.

These grapes are "you-pick" only. No machine harvesting (the bad with the good). You will be taken directly to the vineyard and you pick just the grapes you want.

No minimum amount of grapes.  No pre-commitment to purchase.  See the grapes you want on the vine before you buy.

Unlike "single source" vineyards where your only choice is their grapes, you will have several vineyards to choose from for each varietal.

If you didn't get in on the harvest in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 you missed out Big Time! So have your wine making friends sign up and watch for eblast's from me for the 2017 winegrape season.

Thanks to all of you that came out and picked grapes in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 2015 and 2016.  And, we'll do it again in 2017!

If you were on my email list last year and get an email from me, no need to sign up again.

If you are new to this website and want great grapes for your home made wine (or small winery) sign up for my emails and watch for grape varietal availability, pick dates, prices.

You got questions, send me an email at
info@calwinebroker.com

Michael and the boys

Gentleman Jake & the Bandit, and me.

CalWineBroker Bio


Local Brentwood wineries buy these grapes for their production.

   

"I've used these grapes for years to make excellent
award winning wines."

"Cab Sav made with Brentwood grapes got
double gold best of State at CA State Fair"

"Viognier from Brentwood got double gold
best of State at CA State Fair"

I'll see you at harvest time!!!
Cheers,

Michael
Cal Wine Broker

PS: Got grapes for sale?  Email:  info@calwinebroker.com

 

For winegrape photos click the photos button 

 

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