Mark your calendars for this highly intriguing event.
On Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the castle-like Winehaven building in Point Molate will be the site of a Spring Open House event featuring tours both indoors and outdoors, an all-day flea market, a late-day rooftop reception and wine pour, and an early-afternoon historical presentation by Richmond Mayor Tom Butt, according to the mayor himself. The event is family-friendly and will be served food-wise by locally-owned food truck business Curbside Kitchen.
Take a look at the flyers below this report for a more detailed schedule and description of events.
First, here’s the brief history lesson: For a dozen years beginning in 1907, Winehaven was known as the world’s largest winery, having been built after the 1906 earthquake by the California Wine Association. In 1919, Prohibition prompted the winery to cease major operations. The buildings on the property sat relatively unused until 1941, when the Navy purchased them and built and operated a fuel storage facility on the property. The fuel depot was decommissioned in 1995 and the property was transferred to the city of Richmond.
More recently, Winehaven has taken a step toward returning to the pre-Prohibition years.
According to this article last year in Berkeleyside, vintner and distributor Lou Bock “moved his warehouse from the port of San Francisco to Winehaven,” having “rented two bays in what was formerly the main winemaking space in the iconic ‘castle’ building.”
Mayor Butt called the development “symbolic,” Berkeleyside reported. During the evening wine-pour on April 21, it may feel that way for patrons sipping on Bock wines.