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Hanford Ranch Winery: A True Hidden Gem

By Kelly Church

Just outside of Sacramento, Hanford Ranch Winery is tucked away in the countryside of Galt, CA. The winery and venue is entirely outdoors.

"The venue, perched atop a hill with 360 views overlooking farmland, vineyards and great views of Sierras, is the perfect location for a destination wedding or event," Melissa Johnson, Director of the winery, said. "The 40-acre ranch is breathtaking and unique in that it offers multiple ceremony locations and multiple reception locations to select from."

The venue, which opened in 2014, is entering its third event season. Johnson said the entire idea behind Hanford Ranch Winery was inspired by the love that she and owner, Preston Hanford Jr. had for wine making and hosting events.

"Hanford Ranch Winery focuses its attention on one client per weekend," Johnson said. "We believe in providing stellar customer service to all of our clients, and by hosting one event per weekend, it allows us to focus solely on one client at a time.

In addition to events, the tasting room is open by 'appointment only' to anyone who calls ahead of time who would like to enjoy Hanford Ranch Wines.

Hanford Ranch Winery also offers a newly developed wine club. Members are provided free wine tastings in the tasting room, as well as free tastings for one guest per visit to the winery. Members must purchase two bottles of wine per month, however, they do get a 15 percent discount on all wine bought by the bottle.

As an added bonus, for those who remain members for two years, the discount is increased to 20 percent once they hit that two-year mark. Additionally, members are able to use the courtyard and grounds, free of charge, Sunday-Thursday for 35 guests one time per year to host a private event. An appointment is necessary for the use of the facility. The wine club membership can be signed up for by stopping by Hanford Ranch Winery located at 13200 Loll Road, Galt, CA 95632 or by calling (916) 812-5399

More information on the winery and venue can be found athanfordranch.com

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