Yosemite, Gold, and Grapes

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4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

People were attracted to the Yosemite region long before they knew Yosemite even existed.

In the 1850s, gold was king in the Las Mariposas Land Grant. While settlers were searching for gold, others were bringing grapes into Mariposa County with the Gold Rush. It is believed that the Italian gold seekers brought cuttings and planted these along the creek beds. In addition to grapes taking root here, key players in the Yosemite Grant Act such as John and Jesse Fremont also took root in Mariposa County.

Learn about this important time in our region’s history through a static display of early settlers growing grapes, making wine, finding gold – and exploring what would later become Yosemite.

To add to the festivities Harold and Kris Casto invite you to celebrate their grape harvest with an old fashion grape stomp.  Get in the tub and squish some grapes.  An “I Love Lucy” look alike contest, a bocce ball tournament, rock and roll with purple feet to live music.  Get stuffed on pasta and all the trimmings.  Come share a harvest sunset at the winery with friends and make new acquaintances.  Proceeds from the event will fund a scholarship program “The C+ Matching Fund”.
We suggest a $25 donation, reserved in advance by calling Kris & Harold at 377-8203 or stopping in at Casto Oaks Wine & Art located at 5022 Highway 140.