The Kings Canyon Food & Wine Trail is a 34 mile drive from the base of the Central Sierra Nevada Foothills to wineries perched on 3250 ft cliffs. Spend an afternoon tasting local wines from the region by following this link to our map.
In addition to traditional red & white wines like Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay these small local wineries specialize in boutique varietals like Cab Franc, Mourvèdre and Symphony. These rare varietals are not found in most other American wine regions but they are a favorite of the vintners who produce Central Sierra wine.
What makes this region interesting?
Central Sierra Nevada wineries along the Kings Canyon Wine Trail tend to favor cultivating varietals that are not common. Since this creates a unique tour through a region that enjoys dabbling in the uncommon, you’re likely to find many varietals you haven’t tried before and may not encounter again!
We know some of you won’t have time to visit the wineries in-person after long days on the trail, so we have included our favorite local shops and restaurants who proudly offer bottles from the artisan growers and wine-makers of this unique region.
How to get to the Kings Canyon Food & Wine Trail.
Take Highway 180 to Cedar View Winery in Sanger, California
Where does the Trail go?
The trail begins and ends at fabulous wineries. Below is the full itinerary:
Cedar View Winery in Sanger, California
Known for spectacular boutique wines like Muscat-Blanc, Tempranillo and Alicante Bouschet. This location also features cute rooms for rent. Located at the base of the Central Sierra Foothills leading to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks
Squaw Valley Trading Post in Squaw Valley, California
This grocery store and gift shop is a one-stop-shop to browse a large variety of local wines, mead, and hard ciders. Conveniently open long past the tasting room hours of the wineries, you can pick up a great bottle from 8am – 8pm. Then head back to your vacation rental to take in the sunset or stars.
Clingan’s Grocery & Valero in Squaw Valley, California
Located in very close proximity to the Hume Lake Ranger District Office. You can pick up local artisan wines, ciders and meads, then drive 2 minutes up Highway 180 to pick up free maps, brochures and permits at the Ranger’s Office. Amply stocked with a range of snacks, supplies, and a nice selection of organic and gluten free options for your picnic. Shop at Clingan’s until 9:00PM!
One of two local wineries featured on The Best of California with Pat Pattison. Featuring fantastic boutique varietals like Symphony, Barbera and Pinot Noir. If the taste doesn’t hook you, the charm of the winery and vintage art studio turned AirBnB will!
Gena’s Sierra Inn & Restaurant in Dunlap, California
A family-friendly restaurant which specializes in local food, local wines, local mead & cider, local beer, and even local kombucha. Take advantage of it’s prime location. It’s less than a mile from Project Survivial’s Cat Haven, less than 5 miles from the Giant Sequoia National Monument, and less than 17 miles from Sequoia / Kings Canyon National Parks.
Twin Valleys Smoky Mountain BBQ in Dunlap, California
Exclusively serving Fresno State wines produced by the students and faculty of the Department of Viticulture and Enology. Enjoy a great glass of local wine with a hearty smoky BBQ dinner.
If you continue to travel up Dunlap Road for another 5 miles you will reach a winery with a stunning tasting deck overlooking the entire valley from nearly 3250ft in elevation. With a 20 dollar wine purchase, guests may reserve the deck: seating, glasses and corkscrews provided!
The only winery in the Kings Canyon region with medals from regional competitions. Owner and vintner, Tom, enjoys handcrafting rare grape varietals. Mead Meister John develops fascinating meads and cider. The estate vineyard is nestled high in the hills, please call ahead for a private tasting.