Waters Edge Winery – Rancho Cucamonga is located in California’s Oldest Winery Location, The Thomas Winery, 8916 Foothill Blvd, Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Click here to find us on Google Maps.
Waters Edge Winery & Bistro – Rancho Cucamonga is an actual winery, making all wines that are sold here.
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About Thomas Winery
California’s Oldest Winery. Located at on the Northeast corner of Foothill and Vineyard. Our address is 8916 Foothill Blvd in Rancho Cucamonga.
Tubercio Tapia was granted 13,000 acres of land around the area called Cucamonga by Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado on March 3, 1839. Using Indian labor, Tapia constructed a well-fortified adobe home on Red Hill and raised great herds of cattle. Unlike many who had gone before him, Tapia began a successful winery, portions of which stand today known to us as the Thomas Winery. American forces invaded California in 1846, annexed it in 1848, and made it a state in 1850. A block to the north of the winery stands the estate developed by Alabama-born John Rains and his wife Maria Merced Williams de Rains. Dona Merced was the great-granddaughter of Francisco Lugo and granddaughter of Antonio Lugo, and daughter of Isaac Williams of the famous Rancho Santa Ana del Chino. The Rains purchased the Rancho de Cucamonga from Tapia’s daughter and her husband Leon Victor Prudhomme in 1858. Before his murder in 1862, Rains greatly expanded the vineyards Tapia had planted and imported brick masons from Ohio, via Los Angeles, to construct the family home, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.The Thomas Winery was in production through the mid-1960′s and became a popular destination for travelers along Route 66. Development in the area eventually overran most of the vineyards used by the winery and it was converted to a retail center. The Thomas Winery building is a California Historic Landmark (#490), designated as the oldest commercial winery in California and second oldest in the United States. The Wine Tailor was opened in this location in 2004 by Ken & Angela Lineberger as a winery franchise. Come by for a historical tour of our location and learn some of the interesting history of our landmark location.
We make many of the popular varietals, including Merlots, Cabs and Chardonnays. We also make some harder-to-find wines such as Barolos, Gewurztraminers, Pinotages, Petit Verdot and Ports. We source grapes globally which allows us to make over 50 different kinds of wine using grapes from the best grape growing regions in the world. Places such as California, Italy, France, New Zealand, Chile and Germany.