Thursday, August 9, 2018

Preston Castle Wine Tasting & Tour - Sat Aug 25

IONE, CA:  Taste the fine wines of Amador County and enjoy the aura of the historic and majestic Preston Castle.  Experience the history and feel the sensation of the past.  Attendees will sample fine wines from commemorative Preston Castle wine glasses. 

Sip a glass of wine, enjoy a variety of foods, and listen to live music on the patio, and in the Wine Cellar, where the wineries will be pouring. The popular Midtown Jazz from Sacramento will be making a repeat appearance.  Also, you will be able to take a self-guided tour of the public areas in the Castle, where docents will be on hand to answer your questions.

This is the 14th Annual Preston Castle Wine Tasting and Tour.  It continues to be one of Amador County's premier wine events, and is always a sellout, so get your tickets now!
Tickets, $45, available online at

Preston Castle Wine Tasting and Tour
Saturday, August 25, 4 pm to 7 pm
$45  (Advance sales only)
Age 21 and older, please.  No refunds.
Sponsored by Preston Castle Foundation, Jamie Armstrong and Karl Knobelauch, Chairpersons
Preston Castle, 900 Palm Drive, Ione, CA

About Preston Castle Foundation
The strikingly beautiful Romanesque style Preston Castle, on a hill in Ione, was actually the administration building for the Preston School of Industry, the first major attempt in California at rehabilitating, instead of just impris­­­oning, young offenders.  Opened in 1894, the Preston School of Industry became a leader in the juvenile prison reform movement by giving convicted boys a real chance at life by educating them not only in academics, but in all of the useful trades of the time.  Closed in 1960, when the Preston Youth Authority moved into a new administration building down the hill, the Preston Castle was left to deteriorate due to weather, vandalism, and general neglect.  It now serves as a vacant, but vitally important landmark for Ione, Amador County, and the Motherlode.  It is a California State Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Mission of the Preston Castle Foundation is to preserve, rehabilitate, and utilize the historic Preston Castle site.  We are proud of the fact that the State of California has deeded the title for the Castle, four other buildings, and surrounding 13 acres of land, to the Preston Castle Foundation.  This year we have completed the repair and replacement of the aging gutters and downspouts on the Annex portion of the Castle, and completed a two-phase paving project to make access to the Castle much easier.  To help raise money for these and other important projects, the Foundation sponsors several fund raising events throughout the year. 

Coming up, in addition to the Wine Tasting and Tour on August 25, we will hold the scary and spooky Preston Castle Haunt the three weekends prior to Halloween, Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27, and a holiday fair/bazaar called Olde Tyme Christmas on December 8.

Help Save The Castle and learn more about our history, events, and tours by visiting  All contributions are tax deductible.

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