September 12, 2017
Ready to try something different? Plan a wine-tasting day. Oxnard is home to four wineries on the Ventura County Wine Trail.
Before setting your GPS for the first winery, consider visiting the California Welcome Center at The Collection at RiverPark. Here, you’ll find O-Zone, a wine tasting room where tourists and locals can sip and savor wines from the area.
After getting a taste for local wines, check out what each winery has to offer in the ocean-side city of Oxnard.
First up is the Herzog wine cellars in Oxnard. The Herzog family has a storied wine history tracing back six generations. The story begins with Philip Herzog, who made both kosher and non-kosher wine for royalty in Slovakia.
The family came to America after hiding from the Nazi’s in World War II and again embraced their wine-making roots, creating wine for pennies in Manhattan’s Lower East side. It took time, but this Jewish family was eventually able to build a wine empire with a state-of-the-art winery and restaurant, Tierra Sur, in Oxnard.
The family invites customers to enjoy a self-guided tour of the 77,000 sq. ft. facility and visit the tasting room Sunday-Thursday between 10:30am-9:00pm and Friday 10:30am-4:00pm. Herzog Wine Cellars is closed on Saturday.
After falling in love with wine, Robert and Barbara Wagner longed to open their own winery. Their dream became a reality in 2008. The owners, who are winemakers themselves, created an open, Tuscan-style tasting room in Oxnard.
Customers rave about their 10 wines and can’t say enough about the friendly atmosphere that greets every visitor at Magnavino Cellars.
The winery has recently introduced Magnavino After Dark, a special Friday night wine tasting event with light snacks.
Visitors can enjoy the tasting room on Friday between 2:00pm-8:00pm and Saturday and Sunday 11:00am-6:00pm.
A husband and wife team, George and Faye Gilpatrick opened a winery in Oxnard – an idea that sprouted after joining a wine club. They started dabbling in wine making and after about a decade they turned their hobby into a business.
The two had an agreement. George would make the wine and Faye would sell it. The agreement has served them well as they opened their own winery in a unique area of Oxnard, Heritage Square. A historic area full of restored homes from the frontier era, the Rancho Ventavo Cellars sits inside the Scarlett House.
Visit the tasting room between 12:00pm-5:00pm Friday-Sunday.
For a wine tasting experience that bucks the traditional trend, try Strey Cellars. As Oxnard’s newest winery, opened in 2014, this place “strays from the norm.”
Concrete counters and cinderblock walls mimic the industrial neighborhood of the winery, while giving the place an edgy feel.
The winery even has its own four-legged tasting-room greeter, Tawny, a boxer who welcomes every customer to Strey Cellars.
Scott and Katie Ballew, a young couple, own the winery and work tirelessly to create wine, run a tasting room, handle events and raise their daughter, Ivy.
Stop in to chat with the owners and taste their wine Friday from 12:00pm-6:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am-6:00pm. If you’re itching to check it out on a weekday, give the winery a call and schedule an appointment.
All of the wineries in Oxnard offer more than just a glass of vino; they offer a great experience and a unique way to see what Oxnard has to offer.