Moraga Bel Air Estate Tour and Tasting
Moraga Bel Air Estate Tour and Tasting | Saturday, April 13th at 12PM or 5:00PM
Moraga Bel Air Estate Tour and Tasting | Saturday, April 13th at 12PM or 5:00PM

Moraga Bel Air Estate Tour and Tasting | Saturday, April 13th at 12PM or 5:00PM

Regular price$275.00
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Exclusive Tour and Taste the Moraga Bel Air Estate - Two Rare and Epic Experiences | Click here to read our press release!

The wines from this storied Estate are grown in the hills of Bel Air where the Santa Monica Mountain Range kisses the 405 (Think Getty Center). The sun is so amazing that celebrities are tanned and ripened in those beautiful hills and so are the amazing grapes. The resulting wines have more in common with classic Bordeaux, than Napa Valley. Moraga Estate Wines are subtle, elegant and long aging with great structure and balance; optimal for great cuisine. Learnaboutwine has partnered with Michelin Starred Chef Christophe Emé for two very exclusive and elevated culinary experiences.

Winemaker Paul Warson and his team will present a number of library vintages
Michelin Star Chef Christophe Emé has connected with the wines and provided an amazing menu
A walking tour of the Estate Grounds, the vineyards, the views and the winemaking facilities
Harvest will be in the air - event will be held rain or shine

*Due to the private neighborhood, a condition of use relating to parking/vehicles applies to all guests: the estate requires third-party drop off/pick-up service or a private car service only. Parking will not be permitted in the neighborhood on this event date.  



 

Moraga Vineyards is one of the most unique wine estates in California. Located at a 550-900 foot elevation in the Santa Monica Mountains in the Los Angeles community of Bel Air, the winery and vineyard is the source of remarkably refined wines that perfectly reflect a union of distinctive terroir and the gentle guidance of focused winemaking. The property is owned by Rupert Murdoch.

Grapes are not foreign to the Los Angeles Basin nor the Santa Monica Mountains where in lies Moraga Canyon in which the estate is nestled.  The overland expedition of Don Caspar de Portola which established the route of the California missions – El Camino Real –passed by Moraga Canyon on August 5th, 1769.  In reference to his sightings while in the region he states, “profusion of wild grapes and Castilian roses in full bloom”.  Wild roses still exist on the property and are represented on the four corners of the Moraga wine label.

The property was originally the home of Victor Fleming, director of Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz. Fleming created a horse ranch on the property and used it through the 1930s and 1940s as a retreat and a secluded venue to host his friends. Explore more here.

Paul Warson grew up in Los Angeles, and attended UC Davis where he eventually studied Fermentation Science. Before his final year he worked at a sparkling winery in Carneros when he decided he would spend his career doing what he did for his summer vacation. Upon completion of his degree, he was invited back to see, “the other side of things.”

Paul came to Moraga Vineyards in May of 2021. It is his intention to fulfill the Murdoch's commitment to the estate and to continue to produce wine of the highest quality

In addition to Moraga Bel Air, Paul also has his own brand Warson Wine Company, making wine from the Santa Ynez Valley and Los Angeles County. Read more here.

The overriding objective of grape growing practices at Moraga Vineyards is to produce the best possible fruit in a sustainable manner. Most of the vineyard is closely spaced on sloping hillsides that are inaccessible to tractors and other equipment. As a result, all of the vineyard work, from pruning to picking, is done by hand by a year-round crew of eight people. There are 6.9 planted acres on the 14-acre property: 4.3  acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.2 acres of Merlot, one tenth of an acre of Petite Verdot, one tenth of an acre of Cabernet Franc and slightly over 1 acre of Sauvignon Blanc. The rootstock 101-14 is matched with Sauvignon Blanc on the gravel-underlain soils of the canyon floor. The Cabernet Sauvignon clones 337 and 04, and Merlot clone 181 were selected for their long track record of producing high-quality fruit with low-yields. The cuttings for our Petite Verdot and the Cabernet Franc plantings were hand-selected from David Abreu’s world-class vineyards in Napa Valley. The Sauvignon Blanc is now entirely Clone 1, the result of years of trial and error.

Two Exclusive Experiences Are Available:

12pm Afternoon tour & tasting with lunch by Michelin Starred Chef Christophe Emé  | Price Increases to $325 After April 1

Includes:
12:00 pm welcome at the gate - tour and taste the first wine
Arrive to the winemaking facility and taste a number of special library wines
Relax, enjoy a casual style seated lunch and revisit a number of paired wines
Menu - TBA
Wines - Moraga wines from library vintages will be poured
(Limited to approximately 18 guests)
$275


Previous Menu:

*We can accommodate any dietary restrictions with a 72 hour notice. 

5:00 Estate Tour, Tasting and Dinner with Michelin Starred Chef Christophe Emé | Price Increases to $500 After April 1 

Includes:
Welcome at 5:00 promptly
Visit the gardens and the vineyards with the team and taste wines throughout the tour
Library tasting around the wine caves
Moraga wines from library vintages will be poured
Dinner is set for a sunset seating at the farmhouse table with a plated pairing 5 course dinner with Chef Emé
(Limited to approximately 18 guests)
$450

Previous Menu:

*We can accommodate any dietary restrictions with a 72 hour notice. 


Dinner Policy

All tickets are non-refundable.  We can adjust your menu for dietary needs up to 72 hours prior without any additional cost.  Wines can change without notice, failure or corked wine at the dinner does not result in any type of credit or refund.  We open one bottle minimum per paying guest, and can reduce the total number of bottles being opened so that the dinner does not have to cancel should ticket sales not reach the minimum.  Fewer bottles  / larger pours - you will get the same quantity of wine and we always open the best wines for the quality of the event.  Cancellation due to illness is not allowed, you may however take food to go - or assign your seat to someone else without fee.  The perishable nature of our product requires no cancellation, no credit, no refunds for any reason.

About

IAN BLACKBURN

I discovered the wine industry while working with Chef’s Thomas Keller and Joachim Splichal in the top dining rooms of Los Angeles. My passion redirected my career from restaurants/hotels to vineyards and wine-education. Now with over 25-years of experience hosting events; leading trips around the wine world; I published a wine book; produced my own wine called Beekeeper Cellars and sat for the difficult Master of Wine Exam! Today, I am considered one of the region's best wine educators and work for my 20,000 followers (follow me), visiting vineyards and wine regions and produce over 100 wine classes and events a year for my businesses and my team. 

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