Tehama Trail Story
Explore Our Family Farms
Explore scenic Tehama County and discover the food, the farms and the people that make this agricultural community so unique at our Annual Passport Weekend held the first weekend in June.
This self-guided agricultural tour allows event goers to explore Tehama County farms at their own pace. An easy-to-follow map highlighting the locations of participating farms is available online and also at participating Tehama Trail locations.
Guests will have the opportunity to visit family farms that produce a variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts, beef, olives and olive oil. Award-winning wines can be found along the trail as well. Some Tehama Trail producers have special events planned, others will partner to pair fresh food, fine wines and artisanal olive oils.
Self-guided Tour Routes
The great thing about the self-guided Passport Weekend tour is that you get to begin and end your day where and when you prefer.
To make planning easy, we have broken the tour into two segments: a valley tour and a mountain tour. In addition, we have provided helpful driving hints. We suggest taking two full days to get a sense of how special the Tehama farming community is. If you can’t make it both days, this list will help you select your ‘can’t-miss’ producers.
Get ready to enjoy the flavors of Tehama County!
Cruise the Valley to Experience the Variety of Wine and Food Available Locally
Begin your day in Downtown Red Bluff with a uniquely brewed, locally roasted coffee at Enjoy the Store, a celebration of talented artists, farmers, crafters and entrepreneurs. Enjoy features only locally made and produced artisanal foods and goods.
Take Hwy 99E for 10 miles east of Red Bluff. Follow the red and white signs to Julia’s Fruit Stand, on the west side of the road. Browse and sample produce that was picked that very morning, guaranteeing you the freshest, and ripest produce you can get. Julia’s specializes in Heirloom Tomatoes and is also very proud of their peaches, nectarines, and apricots.
Just ¼ mile south on Hwy 99E to Tehama County’s oldest fruit stand, Burlison Fruit Stand which has been family owned and operated for four generations. While you’re there enjoy seasonal fresh fruit, peaches, produce, local honey and nuts.
As you continue your journey south look for the 1952 Willys Jeep. When you see it, you will know you have arrived at Bianchi Orchards Walnuts & Wine. This family farm sells premium Chandler walnuts, prunes, walnut oil and local products at their classic 1920’s barn.
In Vina, explore New Clairvaux Vineyard at the Abbey of New Clairvaux, where the dedicated labor of Trappist monks and the skilled hands of a fifth generation winemaker bring together the traditions of European and California winemaking. Taste varietal wines like Petite Sirah, Syrah and Viognier and see the reconstruction of an 800-year-old Chapter House from a Cistercian monastery in Ovila, Spain.
From Hwy 99E take the Woodson Bridge turnoff towards Corning, or turn right out of the Abbey onto Rowles Road. Take another right onto South Avenue then stay left towards I-5. Once you reach the stop light take a right onto Historic 99W. Look for the big yellow building on the right, which is the home of Lucero Olive Oil, a third-generation olive grower that produces some of California’s finest olives, extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars and tapenades. Lucero carries the distinction of being America’s most awarded olive oil producer.
Once on Historic 99W, travel north past Solano Street (about 50 yards) and turn east into the backside of Olive Pit’s parking lot. Olive Pit features a variety of olives, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, nuts, candy, craft beer and wine.
Take the High Road and Experience the Fine Mountain Wines of Manton
A trip to the mountain town of Manton provides a wonderful opportunity to taste the unique wines of the Manton Valley Viticulture Area. The rocky volcanic soil, elevation and temperature variations make for an exceptional wine-producing environment. You’ll experience the area’s natural beauty and distinctive flavors at a selection of esteemed, locally owned family vineyards.
Manton is an easy 30-mile drive from Red Bluff. From I-5, take the Lassen Park/ Hwy 36 exit. Head east for 2.2 miles then take Hwy 36 to the left. Travel east on Hwy 36, approximately 14 miles to Dales Station. Turn left onto Manton Road and continue until you reach Manton Corners. Take a right onto Forward Road. All the vineyard entrances described are located on Forward Road.
A short ½ mile down Forward Road you’ll find Indian Peak Vineyards on the right. This lovely seven-acre vineyard produces a full range of high-end varietal wines including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Be sure to enjoy a plate of their delicious tapas with your bottle of wine while overlooking this scenic sloping vineyard that sits at 2200ft elevation.
Continue east along Forward Road 2.3 miles and you’ll reach the entrance to Cedar Crest Vineyards on your right. Small batches of Petite Sirah, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Tempranillo are produced on four rich acres of volcanic soil at 2800ft above sea level. Enjoy wine tasting and food, including burgers and sausages at the winery. There is also a scenic park where you can enjoy your own barbecue, play Bocce ball or simply relax.
Travel east on Forward Road 5.5 miles to discover Shasta Daisy Vineyard. The vineyard entrance will be on your left. A great place to end your journey, this five-acre vineyard is located at 3500ft at the foot of spectacular Lassen Peak. Shasta Daisy crafts quality wines such as Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and is the only local producer of Pinot Noir. Along with wine tasting and food, you can leisurely picnic on the vineyard grounds or enjoy catch and release fishing. Cabins are also available if you would like an overnight stay.