Matson Vineyards

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About

We believe in providing high-quality, handcrafted wines at an affordable price. Visit our Tasting Room located right here at the winery. We continually strive to explore the incredible diversity of grape varieties that exists and the flavors that can be elicited from them. The evolution of unique wines taking place at our winery requires experimentation with the unique growing conditions here in Shasta County, curiosity about somewhat ignored but high potential varieties, and the desire to discover the subtle ways in which blending of wines can yield exciting and delicious results. Join us in exploring the vast world of Shasta County wines. We believe the evolution of flavors and styles will be fascinating.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Redding, California.

Features

  • The oldest winery in Shasta County.

Additional Information

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Winemaker

Roger holds a B.S. in fermentation science from University of California at Davis and has worked for various wineries mainly in the Mendocino area. If you visit Matson Vineyards, you will see and feel his passion for making unique and high quality wines. He is also a nutritionist and includes a glass of wine as part of his healthful lifestyle.

History

Oscar Matson, the patriarch of Shasta County’s oldest bonded winery, was not always a winemaker. That happened by chance. Before winemaking, he spent several years teaching modern languages—French, German, Spanish, and English—at Shasta College in Redding and, with his wife Stella, raising a family of four boys. In the 1960s, perhaps thinking of his boys and his retirement, he seized the opportunity, with two other families, to purchase eighty-one acres of land adjacent to Redding. The group divided this land on Arapaho Drive near the bridge over Salmon Creek into three twenty-seven acre lots, one lot for each family. The family’s portion is now thirteen acres and the site of Matson Vineyards.

Gary Matson, whose green thumb and community organizing skills helped create the community gardens in Happy Valley and launch the Redding Farmers’ Market, planted some Colombard grapes on his Happy Valley property, and Oscar’s extra bedroom soon housed their fermentation. In the ‘90s, Gary and his partner were murdered on their Happy Valley property in a senseless hate crime, but Oscar and Roger credit Gary for the adventurous spirit behind their wine odyssey, Oscar referring to Gary as a universalisch, a term that brings together his agricultural, community, and musical talents. A horticulturist educated at Davis, Gary noticed the good soil on the Arapaho Drive property and planted grapes when the house was built in 1981.

Today the operation of the vineyard is in the hands of the youngest son, Roger. After graduation from high school, Roger’s first choice for higher education would have been a program related to wine-making, but he somehow thought that only wine-making families with roots in the Napa Valley gained entry to that route. So he went to UC Santa Cruz, “willing to brave the winds” with an undeclared major taking courses like linear algebra, physics and organic chemistry. This prepared him to complete a B.S. in fermentation science from the University of California at Davis in 1980. Roger honed his winemaking skills in Mendocino County with wineries Olson (later Conrad and now Fife), Parson’s Creek, and Kendall-Jackson. Roger figures prominently in what Greg Butler, the President of the Shasta-Cascade Viticulture Association, identifies as the uniqueness of Matson Vineyards: its blended wines.

The Team

Keiko is a food and wine analyst for Matson Vineyards. As a trained food scientist and nutritionist, Keiko has worked in various countries such as Guatemala, Indonesia, the Philippines and Tanzania, and developed a deep appreciation of diversity in people and food.

Originally from Japan, her fate drastically changed when she married Roger Matson. She is currently teaching food science and nutrition at California State University, Chico.
A native of Shasta County and sincere wine enthusiast, she brings over a decade of event planning and sales experience to the winery. Adept at large events and knowledgable in the art of winemaking, Lynette assures that Matson's growth continues to be right on course.

Sue Garcia - Tasting Room Host and Wholesale Manager:

When not working on her own business, Sunrise Lavender Fields, Sue is here at Matson to greet you in the Tasting Room. She also is our liason to all the area stores and restaurants that carry our wines.

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Hours

Fri - Sun: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Address

10584 Arapaho Dr
Redding, California 96003
United States

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