Chef Tony Lemens Presents Winemaker DinnerJohn Skupney Greeting Guests (Kim Carroll)Winemaker Weekend Dinner Fun (Kim Carroll)Winemaker Dinner Food Pairing (Kim Carroll)Cheers with Julie Johnson (Kim Carroll)Successful Wapama Falls Hike (Kim Carroll 3-17.69)Yosemite Hetch Hetchy Skies (Kim Carroll 3-17.82)Happy Snowshoeing at Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias (Kim Carroll)Our Winemaker Weekends top off your Yosemite adventures with evenings that are filled with amazing food paired with exquisite wines and the good company of some of Napa’s most cherished winemakers.

We’re fortunate to get to work with winemakers who not only make good juice, but who also have good hearts and share our core values of social and environmental responsibility.

Explore Yosemite by day then enjoy the company of some of Napa’s most accomplished and gracious winemakers as we enjoy their artfully crafted wines and feast on some fabulous dishes.  Our very own Chef Tony Lemens works closely with each weekend’s featured winemaker to prepare delicious food that pairs beautifully with the selected wines, complementing and never competing with the flavors of the wine.

See below for ongoing updates to the lineup, and click on over to our Winemaker Photo Album to see more.  And, yes, our saltwater pool and hot tubs are heated and open for your enjoyment throughout the weekend!

Winemaker Weekend Packages include:

Packages start from $550 per person, and vary slightly weekend to weekend.*

To reserve your Winemaker Weekend package call (209) 379-2373, or email  and our Winemaker Weekend reservation specialists will make your arrangements.

Explore Yosemite while you’re here!  Rush Creek’s friendly and knowledgeable Recreation team is here to help you make the most of your free time during your weekend.  They provide professionally guided trips, free planning advice for those who prefer to adventure on their own, therapeutic massage, and yoga.  Some of our favorite winter adventures include our Giant Sequoia Hike/Snowshoe,  and our Wonders of Yosemite Hike & Tour.  You can reach out to them directly for details and reservations at (209) 379-2373 extension 3, or .

Elizabeth Vianna, Chimney RockJanuary 26-28, 2018, Elizabeth Vianna

Elizabeth Vianna, Winemaker and General Manager, Chimney Rock, Napa, is poised to “surprise and delight” us all with her selections for her Winemaker Weekend.

Among other things, Elizabeth is well-known and respected for her Stags Leap District estate-grown wines from Chimney Rock’s green-certified Napa Valley winery.

She’s looking forward to uncorking her special brand of wine and hospitality as the perfect compliment to a day of exploring Yosemite’s magical winter scenery.

January 26th – 28th

Chimney Rock Tomahawk CabernetChimney Rock ElevageChimney Rock WineryElizabeth Vianna, Chimney Rock.  Stags Leap District estate-grown wines from Chimney Rock’s green-certified Napa Valley estate.

How does someone go from being a pre-med student in New York to an award-winning winemaker in one of Napa Valley’s most respected wine regions?  You’ll get to find out straight from the source at this Winter Winemaker Weekend featuring the lovely and talented Elizabeth Vianna.

A native of Brazil, Elizabeth’s warm smile, love of  music, and desire to “surprise and delight” the people she cares about shines through in every glass of carefully crafted estate wine.

True to form, Elizabeth has decided to “surprise and delight” us with some newly released wine that is not yet available to the general public, plus some of her most spectacular vintages of classic reds one can only find from the exceptional combination of conditions that exist in the Stag’s Leap region of Napa Valley.  Yum.

Check out Rush Creek’s Chef Tony Lemens’ exciting menu items he prepared for Elizabeth’s gala dinner last year, including mouthwatering seasonal touches to game, root vegetables and other ingredients selected to play the perfect supporting role to each course’s featured wine.

We’re also excited to hear more about Chimney Rock’s rich history as environmental pioneers in the Napa wine industry.  From early adoption of grey water systems to modern-day green certification, the winery is a kindred spirit to Rush Creek and our sister property, the Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite.

Lodge Room packages start at $1,300.00* for two people for Elizabeth Vianna’s Winemaker Weekend. To reserve your package call (209)379-2373 or email and a reservation specialist will assist you with your arrangements.

Cheers!

About Chimney Rock

The story of Chimney Rock is entwined with the story of Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District, home to some of the most elegant Cabernet Sauvignon produced on American soil. The winery’s beginnings hark back to the original owners’ love of Bordeaux. 

Originally a golf course, in the early 1980s, the land, which sits on the fabled Silverado Trail, began its transformation to exquisite vineyards. Inspired by the chiseled rock formations on the nearby eastern hillsides, the property was named Chimney Rock.

The winery produced its first estate vintage in 1989. That same year, the first winery building, with its massive allegorical frieze of Ganymede, cupbearer to the gods, was completed. The Terlato family purchased Chimney Rock from its original owners in 2000, with a commitment to producing the most exceptional wines in Stags Leap District in small quantities.  Today, Chimney Rock is home to more than 100 acres of prized Stags Leap vineyards, planted primarily to Cabernet Sauvignon, but also including Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

Winemaker and General Manager Elizabeth Vianna is recognized for blending art and science to craft wines of exceptional balance and beauty.  Chimney Rock wines are highly sought after by collectors the world over.

Packages & Reservations

Lodge Room packages start at $1,300.00* for two people for Elizabeth Vianna’s Winemaker Weekend, and include Friday and Saturday night lodging in a Lodge King or Double Queen room, breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning, Friday night’s wine tasting reception with small bites, and Saturday night’s four course dinner with wine pairing.

*Lodge Suite packages start at $1,400 for two people.  One-bedroom Hillside Villa packages start at $1,350 for two people.  Two-bedroom Hillside Villa packages start at $2,200 for four people. Rates do not include tax.

Michael TrujilloFebruary 16-18, 2018, Michael Trujillo

Michael’s Winemaker Weekend will bring you meaningful moments every sip of the way. With more than three decades of winemaking to his credit, there’s a great story behind every facet of the wines being featured on this colorful adventure from White Wines, to Rose’s to rich Reds.

Michael Trujillo, Trujillo Wines, Napa

Trujillo WinesMichael’s approach to winemaking, as well as life, is rooted in bringing together daily experiences, great and small, to create something magical.  It shows in his welcoming smile and genuine excitement to share his lovely wines with others.

Prior to landing in Napa in the 1980’s, Michael was on the Engineering track, both of which were a big leap from life growing up working on his family’s ranch in Colorado.

“I feel like I’ve always been in motion, branding cows and driving hay trucks since the age of four. Ranch work taught me old-time craft skills, the love of tinkering with farm equipment and how to grow crops in uncertain weather, all of which prepared me for cultivating grapes and the process of winemaking.”

For his Winemaker Weekend, Michael has chosen a full spectrum of wines that include something for every palate.  Our very own Chef Tony is creating a variety of food pairings to honor Michael’s craftsmanship and playful personality. Look back to Michael’s Winemaker Dinner Menu from last year to see what types of dishes where inspired by these wines 35 years in the making.

Michael Trujillo is a name known for producing some of the best boutique wines from the Napa Valley. With 35 years of winemaking experience and a great story to go along with it, this will be an event to remember.

Here’s hoping you can join us for a delicious weekend filled with delightful stories!

Packages and Reservations

Lodge Room packages start at $1,270.00* for two people for Michael Trujillo’s Winemaker Weekend and include Friday and Saturday night lodging in a Lodge King or Double Queen room, breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning, Friday night’s wine tasting reception with small bites, and Saturday night’s four course dinner with wine pairing.

To reserve your package call (209)379-2373 or email and a reservation specialist will assist you with your arrangements.

*Lodge Suite packages start at $1,350 for two people.  One-bedroom Hillside Villa packages start at $1,300 for two people.  Two-bedroom Hillside Villa packages start at $2,110 for four people. Rates do not include tax.

Tres Sabores TeamMarch 9-11, 2018: Julie Johnson & Jon Engelskirger of Tres Sabores Winery; John & Tracey Skupny of Lang & Reed Wine Company

Tres Sabores is a small family-owned ranch nestled in the Rutherford section of Napa Valley that grows a variety of organically certified crops. We have long admired Julie Johnson’s pioneering leadership in being a tireless steward of the land while at the same time creating beautiful products that make people happy.

Our very own Chef Tony Lemens has walked the Tres Sabores ranch with Julie, and they’ve come up with some incredibly creative and wonderful ideas for ways to incorporate Julie’s ingredients from the ranch with Chef Lemens’ food pairings for this Winemaker Weekend!

To round out the weekend Julie has invited fellow winemakers John and Tracey Skupny of Lang & Reed Wine Company to join in the wine and food pairing fun on Friday and Saturday. With a 40-year wine industry pedigree, we’re excited to welcome the Skupny’s and their mad passion for Cabernet Franc to the lineup!

Tres Sabores Por Que No and PomegranatesJulie Johnson of Tres SaboresTres Sabores is a small family-owned ranch nestled in the Rutherford section of Napa Valley.  We have long admired Julie Johnson’s pioneering leadership in the creation of beautiful products while at the same time being a tireless steward of the land.

While good wine has a lot to do with where and how the grapes are grown, it’s also a reflection of the personality of the winemaker.  When you taste Tres Sabores’ wines you will immediately taste the quality of the wine, and then you’ll sense Julie’s bright smile, sparkling eyes and warm hugs in every glass.  Julie and her husband Jon Engelskirger have been making fine wine in the Napa Valley for decades, and their experience shines through in the fine wine they produce at Tres Sabores.

Tres Sabores means “Three Flavors” in Spanish, and in each of their wines Julie and Jon present three equally savory yet distinct tastes, which also played a huge role in Julie’s Winemaker Dinner Menu last year:

  • the Terroir, or flavor embodied by the unique location of the ranch
  • the Vine, or distinct character of the grape variety
  • the Artisan, or winemaker’s personal contribution of style and intuition

On the ranch Julie and Jon grow organically certified Zinfandel, Cabernet, Petite Syrah and Petit Verdot grapes, olives, Meyer lemons and exotic pomegranate cultivars. Our very own Chef Tony Lemens has walked the ranch with Julie, and they’ve come up with some incredibly creative and wonderful ideas for ways to incorporate Julie’s ingredients from the ranch with Chef Lemens’ food pairings for our Winemaker Weekend!

To round out the weekend Julie has invited fellow winemakers John and Tracey Skupny of Lang & Reed Wine Company to join in the wine and food pairing fun on Friday and Saturday.  With their 40-year wine industry pedigree, we’re excited to welcome the Skupny’s and their mad passion for Cabernet Franc to the lineup.  With a deep connection to the concept of ‘farm to fork’ over the years, their wines are naturally food friendly.

So get ready for a flavor adventure that will make this your best Yosemite experience ever!

Lodge Room packages start at $1,100.00* for two people for Julie Johnson & Jon Engelskirger and John & Tracey Skupny’s Winemaker Weekend. To reserve your package call (209)379-2373 or email.

*Lodge Suite packages start at $1,170 for two people.  One-bedroom Hillside Villa packages start at $1,110 for two people.  Two-bedroom Hillside Villa packages start at $1,775 for four people. Rates do not include tax.

Celia WelchMarch 16-18, 2018: Celia Welch

Meet Celia Welch, consulting winemaker to some of Napa Valley’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon estates, who will be sharing her own endeavor, CORRA, with us at her Winemaker Weekend in Yosemite this winter, along with some of her other affiliated fine wines.

Corra CabernetMeet Celia Welch, consulting winemaker to some of Napa Valley’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon estates, who will be sharing her own endeavor, CORRA, with us at her Winemaker Weekend in Yosemite next Spring, along with some of her other affiliated fine wines.

After more than twenty-five years of making wines for other Napa Valley vintners, Celia Welch is excited to share with you the wine she has made for her own brand.   Corra, a Celtic deity representing prophecy, symbolizes this small brand’s forward-looking perspective. Showing herself on earth in the form of a crane, Corra takes wing and lifts her shadow to life.

Grapes from three prime vineyards in three of Napa Valley’s premium growing regions, Oakville, Rutherford and Pritchard Hill, combine to create the powerful yet elegant Corra Cabernet Sauvignon.

Celia’s Winemaker Journey

Celia Welch’s first interaction with grapes was under the huge oak tree in her backyard in Southern Oregon, where her siblings and she plucked grape berries from stems for their father, an avid wine collector and home winemaker. Her parents also included the family on trips through Napa and Sonoma in the early sixties, and, like most visitors, she was entranced with the beauty of the rolling vineyards.

In 1982 with a degree in Enology earned at UC Davis in her back pocket, she set out to take a peek at a few wine regions. Her travels took her to the Pacific Northwest, the East Coast, and to New Zealand. She worked harvest in the Barossa Valley of Australia, and then settled in the Napa Valley to refine her craft.

Celia had reached a fork in her career path in the early nineties, and she chose to focus on independent wine consulting. The wines she has made create a microcosm of Napa Valley. She has made wine from vineyards on Mt. Veeder, Atlas Peak, and Howell Mountain to those in Carneros, and from benchland vineyards from St. Helena to Napa.

In 2004 came the idea and the challenge of founding Corra. It was not easy to find vineyard sources with top-quality fruit, a winery with a bit of space to spare for barrels, and a strong team of individuals with experience in different aspects of the wine business from grapevines to websites. The results of these efforts have been tremendous; well-received wines and a project that has lead to information- and idea-sharing for everyone involved.

It’s an honor to welcome Celia and her tremendous portfolio of wine to Rush Creek Lodge at Yosemite this winter.

Lodge Rooms start at $1215.00* for two people for Celia Welch’s Winemaker Weekend. To reserve your package call (209)379-2373 or email  and a reservation specialist will assist you with your arrangements.

*Lodge Suites start at $1,265 for two people.  One-bedroom Hillside Villas start at $1,245 for two people.  Two-bedroom Hillside Villas start at $2,040 for four people. Rates do not include tax.

* Starting package rates based on double occupancy. Lodge Room packages start at $1,100 for two people. Lodge Suite packages start at $1,170 for two people.  One-bedroom Hillside Villa packages start at $1,110 for two people.  Two-bedroom Hillside Villa packages start at $1,775 for four people. Rates do not include tax.