Renaissance Vineyard and Winery is located in Yuba County. To the southwest lie Marysville and the Central Valley. To the east are the Gold Rush towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City. The winery was founded in 1978 and is best known for creating wines with an uncompromising expression of terroir and distinctive style. The Sierra Foothills vineyard is organically cultivated, with elevations ranging from 1,700 to 2,300 feet.
Yuba County has a long history of winemaking. During the Gold Rush, the wine region of Yuba became famous throughout the United States. Fortune Magazine recognized this fact in its 1933 issue describing the wine regions of the U.S. (see map). A group of French settlers, who founded nearby Frenchtown, were making Cognac-style brandy during this period and Marysville, located just thirty miles from Renaissance, boasted the largest winery in the state. Winemaking was very successful until the 1880s – when the mining population dwindled and many farms were subsequently abandoned with the end of the Gold Rush. The winemaking industry was very successful in North Yuba until the early 1880s, when hydraulic mining was severely restricted by law. Soon the mining population dwindled, which in turn forced many farms to be abandoned. It would not be until the members of the Fellowship of Friends purchased its land in 1971 and created Renaissance Vineyard and Winery that this region would once again regain its world-class winemaking status.
These balanced and terroir-driven wines are highly concentrated, not over-oaked, unfiltered, and unfined, with balanced alcohol. The grapes for these wines are hand-picked and biodynamically farmed.