Alpen Cellars was established on a family ranch in the spring of 1984.
It is situated in a picturesque mountain valley at the foot of towering craggy peaks in the rugged Trinity Lake region of Trinity County, California. Our family moved to Trinity County 100 years ago as gold miners. The ranch where Alpen Cellars is located, was established in 1855, and is only 9 miles from the 500,000 acre Trinity Alps Wilderness Area.
The family ranch has a long history; it produced food for the miners then later became a cattle ranch. In 1950 the ranch became dormant and didn’t start operating again until we planted the grapes in 1981.
The ranch has many unique features such as being California’s only winery operating off the power grid. As the closest power utility to the winery is 10 miles away. We have our own hydroelectric plant that runs the winery.