Wine, Food and a Taste of History
Days of Wine and Spirits at Rancho Camulos Celebrates one of Southern California’s First Wineries
National Historic Landmark Rancho Camulos Museum will host “Days of Wine and Spirits” on Saturday, June 15. The 4 p.m. event includes a lecture on Rancho Camulos’ role as the first producer of commercial wines and brandies in Ventura County, wine tasting and tours of the landmark’s historic buildings and grounds. Local historian Judith Triem, who has done extensive research on Rancho Camulos’ 19th-century winery operation as well as Ventura County at large, will share her discoveries in the museum’s quaint 1930s schoolhouse. Guests will have the opportunity to see many of the archival finds related to Camulos’ wine history, including 19th-century wine labels and distillery records kept by the del Valle family, owners of the rancho at that time. Triem used the museum’s recently opened archives as well as other Southern California archival collections in her research. The talk will be followed by a wine tasting sponsored by winemaker Bruce Freeman, owner of Santa Paula winery Clos des Amis. The tasting will be accompanied by a charcuterie board in the scenic schoolhouse garden. Additional glasses of wine will be available for purchase.
“’Clos des Amis’ roughly translated means circle of friends and the museum can’t think of a better way to thank our existing members and reach out to new friends,” according to museum director Susan Falck. “Rancho Camulos is a little off the beaten path in rural Piru but is a hidden historical gem well worth exploring. If you’re looking for a special treat for dads who enjoy history and wine, this may be the perfect Father’s Day, one day early,” adds Falck.
The event is free for current members and $30 for non- members. Admission includes museum membership. Click the link below to make your reservation.
In addition to wine tasting and the lecture, guests will have the opportunity to tour the 1853 large adobe home, chapel and see the still standing winery building constructed in the late 1860s as well as a replica of the historic grape arbour used to harvest grapes for the winery operation. History buffs and wine lovers will also be able to see the parlour where Helen Hunt Jackson, the 19th-century author who put Rancho Camulos on the map with her bestselling novel Ramona, sampled what she described as a “fine brandy” offered by del Valle family members who owned the property at the time.
The museum’s recently opened Tataviam Village, dedicated to the Native American people who built and worked at the rancho, will also be open to guests. In addition to tours for visitors of all ages, the museum regularly hosts weddings and other private events.
To learn more about Rancho Camulos, visit the museum’s website at www.ranchocamulos.org or call 805-521-1501