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Take Us Out to the Ballgame: Partnering with the Sacramento River Cats

Our family is proud to team up with Sacramento’s local triple-A baseball team to unveil the first-ever winegrape vineyard inside a professional sports stadium!

Just beyond the right field grass at Raley Field in West Sacramento is our newest crop of vines, spanning 85′ by 16′. The Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard was one of the more challenging plantings, says president and vineyard manager, Warren Bogle.

“It sure took more time than a vineyard of this size should have taken,” says Bogle. “Let’s just say their soil is a bit different than what we are used to out here in the Delta.”

Planted in May, the vineyard is a true working field, with fruit expected to be produced by fall of 2019. Once harvested, our team will assess the quality and determine what wine is produced from them. With just 27 vines, the vineyard is expected to produce about one barrel of wine, or roughly 250 bottles.

Why wine grapes at a ballpark? “With Sacramento being the hub of agriculture and the center of Farm-to-Fork, we wanted to bring a bit of that to folks in a fun and family-friendly way,” says Jody Bogle. “Now when you enjoy Chardonnay and Cracker Jacks at the stadium, you can also see what a working vineyard looks like and read a bit of wine and baseball trivia at the same time.”

Six wine barrel tops, etched by local artist Jake Castro, share fun imagery and info as guests walk the vineyard between innings.

The vineyard will also be the focal point of five wine pouring nights, with a tasting station set up in front of the vines. Mark your calendars for June 17th, July 8th, July 29th, August 11th and September 4th when the vineyard will be the perfect setting for these free wine tastings! What’s more fun than that?

Pictured above: Warren Bogle, Jody Bogle, and Ryan Bogle planting Bogle wine grapes at Raley Field in West Sacramento; the first ever vineyard inside a professional ballpark!