We’re fortunate to get to work with winemakers who not only make good juice, but who also have good hearts and happily share our core values of social and environmental responsibility.
You can explore Yosemite by day then mingle with some of Napa’s most accomplished and good-natured 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, yes, our saltwater pool and hot tubs are heated and open for your enjoyment!
Winemaker Weekend Packages include:
- Two nights lodging in a deluxe Lodge King or Double Queen room at Rush Creek (upgrades available*)
- Friday 5:30pm-7:30pm welcome reception with the winemaker, featuring wines selected by the winemaker, paired with small bites (see our first tasting menu)
- Saturday and Sunday full breakfast in Rush Creek’s Restaurant (check out our Breakfast menu)
- Saturday night 6pm-9:30pm dinner with the winemaker, featuring four courses paired to complement the wines selected by the winemaker (see our first dinner menu)
Starting from $490 per person, plus tax and gratuity.*
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 .
November 10-12, 2017: Kelly Fleming & Rebecca George
Don’t let the exquisite flavors of Kelly Fleming wines fool you – there is a great deal of hard work and serious thought behind every sip. Best of all, these ladies do it all, from comprehensive responsible farming of multiple crops to elegant tasting sessions in their little oasis in Napa, and everything in between.
KELLY FLEMING WINES was launched in 1998 with the purchase of three-hundred acres of undeveloped land on Pickett Road in the Napa Valley sub-appellation of Calistoga. There was never any question of what to plant there. This is Cabernet Sauvignon country. The first vines, a total of eight-acres, were planted in 1999. Six years later another four-acres were added, with no plans for developing this largely wild tract of land.
Firmly committed to conscientious land stewardship, they integrate holistic vineyard management practices at every step of the process. Although the land had no history of vines, neighbors include Eisele Vineyard, Frediani, Fisher Vineyards, Hundred Acre, Kenefick Ranch and Venge. The site, which was selected for its soils is now certified as Napa Green & Fish Friendly.
The first vintage (2002) was released in the spring of 2005 and in June of 2010 KELLY FLEMING WINES celebrated the opening of an estate winery facility, adjacent to the twelve-acre vineyard. Kelly’s exquisite taste and eye for detail can be seen in every aspect of the company she has built from the ground up. She has personally overseen everything from site selection and facility design, to label development, farming decisions and use permits.
More details coming soon about the specific wines Kelly has selected to share for her session.
To reserve your package call Rush Creek at (209)379-2373 or email email@example.com and a reservation specialist will assist you with your arrangements.
March 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 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:
- 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 a 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!
To reserve your package call (209)379-2373 or email .
March 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.
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 next winter (exact date tba), 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.
To reserve your package email or call (209)379-2373.
January 27-29, 2017, 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 27th – 29th
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.
Rush Creek’s Chef Tony Lemens has given us a sneak peek at some of the exciting menu items he has planned for Elizabeth’s gala dinner on Saturday night, 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.
Call (209)379-2373 or email to reserve your spot.
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.
February 3-5, 2017, 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’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.
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!
Call (209)379-2373 or email for reservations.
* Lodge Suites are available at $1,045 for two people. One-bedroom Hillside Villas are $1,020 for two people. Two-bedroom Hillside Villas are $1,750 for four people. Rates do not include tax or gratuity.