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Winery celebrates Tehachapi branded wines, first bottle released Saturday

Those mountains were established as an American Viti-Cultural Area last year. This allows local wineries to use the Tehachapi mountains as the place of origin for the grapes used to make their wines.
Tehachapi Wine and Cattle Company
Posted at 8:48 PM, Feb 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 23:48:21-05

TEHACHAPI, Calif. (KERO) — The Tehachapi Wine and Cattle Company celebrated their first bottle of wine with their new branding. Now a logo of the Tehachapi mountains is on the bottle.

Those mountains were established as an American Viti-Cultural Area last year. This allows local wineries to use the Tehachapi mountains as the place of origin for the grapes used to make their wines.

The process took multiple years to get approved by the federal government.

Mike Vanatta, one of the owners of the winery celebrated Saturday. He said the new branding could help bring tourists to the area,

"It's nice because residents down in Bakersfield for example instead of making the trip to Paso Robles they can just drive up the mountain and we have a total of five tasting rooms and so they can pretty much make a day out of wine tasting without having to drive all the way to Paso Robles and back.

The owners of the winery say that their wines are in stores and restaurants in Tehachapi already with hopes to expand to Bakersfield.